I remember seeing colorful stained glass windows first while growing up in  Europe in the huge medieval churches and chapels. The religious themes were  quite overwhelming with the bold red glass, gothic arches, huge figural motifs and historical scenes.  The feeling was quite somber and serious.

  It wasn’t until a trip to England that I realized that private homes in the late 1870’s ( see my post about Victorian Stained Glass windows) started to become adorned with Geometric and simple motif stained glass as well as businesses and public buildings.   Once the Art Nouveau era came about around 1890-1905   the designs of these residential and business windows were completely different!  Lighthearted floral motifs, naturalistic Art Nouveau themes with beautiful ladies, flowers and designs incorporating some clear glass were used to bring the outside views to the inside of the home.  My friend Mary first introduced me to original Art Nouveau stained glass windows and designs and they have since become one of my favorite antique collectibles.  I use them throughout my home to add light , color and a bit of whimsy.  

Once you have seen a lot of original antique windows you start to recognize the glass used in the period and even the country!  In the US, slag glass (Opaque glass, used in lamps in Europe) were frequently used in windows:

While in Europe, mostly clear glass ( with colors, red being the most expensive due to the gold content) was used for the stained glass.

Enjoy these images!   French Art Nouveau Birds. These were Half Windows, designed to be placed inside the lower part of a clear glass window for privacy from the outside.  Great idea as they allowed a great view out of the upper part of the windows.


Rose windows- from a Library in Northern California

Gorgeous Peacock Window from England

Half Round Pink Art Nouveau window

Musical Lady windows

Floral window

Best of all

More floral windows

Ship motif



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