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St. James Catholic Church Crucifixion Windows
Long lost Tiffany style windows installed in St James Catholic church in Chicago, with the companion piece to the Adoration of the Magi window, also available in this auction. Church had a devastating fire in 1972 and windows survived, remained hidden and forgotten for 47 years. Rediscovered in 2019. Windows portray genius in the use of color, window plating, and drapery glass is all evident in this 7 window set. Multiple layers of glass, known as plating, give unique lighting shades and tones found in the technique of Tiffany's fabulous works. The drapery glass used in the robes is also unique to Tiffany and other makers such as LaFarge's works. The quality in the faces, hands, feet and body shapes matches that of high end paintings. These were most likely commissioned at the turn of the century. These windows will need complete restoration. The lead needs to be re-tightened and there are several cracks and missing pieces, see photos. This is a once in a lifetime chance, as these windows have never previously been offered before for sale.. Frame sized of 3 piece window section, in frame is 27" x 9'. Stand alone quatrefoil 24" x 24", unframed.
The experts we have had contact with have varying opinions. The consensus is these windows could be Tiffany, Lamb, John Laforge, or Edward Peck Sperry. We were sent this information from an expert “Tiffany would have used a stained glass designer to translate the Hofmann design into glass. His most famous designer was Frederick Wilson, but he didn't work with Tiffany until 1893. So I'm guessing (but have no proof) that the 1892 design was by Edward Peck Sperry. And Sperry left Tiffany in 1899 to co-found a competitor company to Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company called the Church Glass and Decorating Company. Sperry left that company in about 1904/1905. If the St James version of "Adoration of the Magi" dates to between about 1899 and 1905 then it could well be by Church Glass and Decorating Company instead of by Tiffany. But this is extremely, extremely speculative.”
In addition to our expert opinions, we were able to find historic photos of the interior of St .James Church showing these very windows in place through the Chicago Historical Society.
1950's Prototype Jet Engine | $10,000
PRICE REDUCED TO $6,000!
From the U.S. Army used in WWII. In 1939, Jet Engines existed only as laboratory items. But right after the war in 1945, it was clear that the future of aviation lay with jet engines.
Original 1948 Paris Theater Sign | $6,000
PRICE REDUCED TO $5,000!
1 of 2 original 1948 Paris Theater Signs Manhattan, NY in this auction.
Both signs are enclosed neon with stainless and plastic, replacements were installed in the early 90's. Measures 6' x 5' each.
1933 Pair of Art Deco Pub/Pedestal Tables | $10,000
PRICE REDUCED TO $5,000!
Designed by the architect Salisbury. The medium is cast aluminum and French marble. The tables are being sold as a pair however only one marble top remains. Marble around both bases is intact. Octagonal tops measure 42" x 42". Tables are 42" tall.
Monumental 1920’s Theater Chandelier | $75,000
PRICE REDUCED TO $50,000!
Bronze & crystal chandeliers from the Colfax Theater, South Bend, Indiana. These pieces are most likely manufactured by Victor S. Pearlman. Chandelier measuring 9' x 5', with approximately 125 lights, large crystal beaded baskets, and various crystal embellishments.