Stained-glass stained-glass window depicting... - Lot 206 - Pierre Bergé & Associés

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Stained-glass stained-glass window depicting... - Lot 206 - Pierre Bergé & Associés
Stained-glass stained-glass window depicting two monks watching over the body of St. Benedict in an arc of a circle. The saint is lying down with his eyes closed and his hands folded; he is watched over by two monks, one in an attitude of sorrow, the other looking up at the sky; two censers hanging from the upper part; beaded band in an arc of a circle decorated with fallen leaves and rosettes.
Saint-Denis, abbey church, ca. 1140/1144
Height: 44,4 cm - Width: 31,3 cm
Inserted in a window shutter with wooden frame
Height: 60,3 cm - Width: 42,2 cm
(fragment, small restorations)
Estimation on request
Provenance: formerly mounted in a window of a house in the south of France
Works consulted: L. Grodecki, "Les vitraux de Saint-Denis à l'église Saint-Léonard de Fougères (résumé non communiqué)" in Bulletin de la Société nationale des Antiquaires de France, year 1972, 1970, pp. 65-66; P. Williamson, Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass in the Victoria and Albert Museum,
London, 2003, cat.1, pp. 17 and 131; S. Lagabrielle, Vitraux, Musée national du Moyen Age - Thermes et hôtel de Cluny, Paris, 2006, pp
The stained glass windows in the Basilica of Saint-Denis are among the first coloured stained glass windows in France. In his book Liber de rebus in administratione sua gestis, Abbot Suger expresses his desire to make "wonderful light shine" in the vessel of his abbey-church. To do this, he called upon the best master glassmakers and painters of the region. He had at heart to dedicate an entire canopy to the Life of Saint Benedict of Nurcia, founder of the Benedictine order to which his abbey was affiliated. The art historian Louis Grodecki, author of a work on the 12th century stained glass windows of the basilica, states that the original location of this glass roof is unknown, but that in the 17th and 18th centuries it was in the ambulatory. Sai's stained glass windows
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