This is the first book to explore the beautiful colored stained glass windows that were done to decorate homes. The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century caused a color explosion in many things. One of the first was color in books, paper to decorate the walls in your home and then ways to decorate windows. Stained glass was initially designed for church windows. The book shows off the various types of windows that were done that reflect the many themes of the times.
The book divides the windows into particular designs to aid the reader in finding their favorite style. Chapters include: Geometric; Fleurs de lys; Flowers; Foliage; Grapes & Fruit; Figurative; Bows & Swag; Wreaths; Shields; Shells; Number; Letters & Words; Turn of the Century motifs; Clear & Etched glass; Religious, Commemorative & Historical; English Windows and a bibliography. All the windows are in full color. In each caption is the size, style, dates and a suggested value. The Religious section has some very outstanding examples that are truly amazing. The vast array of types of glass and patterns will astound you and perhaps encourage you to want some stained glass to include in your home.
I urge you to explore the whole book. Hopefully you can gain some ideas of something that would fit in your own home. If you have the ability to do stained glass, you could develop your own pattern that was inspired from one of these windows. Another possibility is for a local stained glass shop to make one for you.
The 8 ½” x 11” softbound book features 160 pages and retails for $29.99