Unpainted geometric grisaille glass of this kind is rare from the medieval period.

It could have been used in a Cistercian abbey where figurative stained glass was prohibited. However it could have been used in other churches where a less costly, simpler or lighter type of decorative glazing was required. The design relies heavily on the strongly over-lapping lines of lead and uses coloured glass sparingly.


Whitefriars Glass Studio (J Powell & Sons); Alfred Fisher.

Stained Glass Museum

South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DL
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