SOLD Hammer price: €12500, Estimate: €7000-10000
Harry Clarke Studios
Stained Glass Panel: An important stained glass Panel, “Jesus, Mary and Saint Anne,” approx. 102cms x 35cms (40″ x 13 1/2″), signed Clarke, Dublin, with original bronze casing frame, and in a later swivel oak stand.
Provenance: Kildimo Church, Co. Limerick. (1)
Note:St. Anne with Our Lady and the Child Jesus
Stained glass section of a window made by J. Clarke & Sons, Dublin in December 1926 for the Catholic Church, Kildimo, Co. Limerick at a cost of £20. Removed from the church and acquired by a local architect, from whose estate it is now being sold. Although this window was not designed or made by Harry Clarke (1889-1931), it bears many of his distinctive stylistic hallmarks at a time when he was supervising the family studios, considerably enlarged in new premises in North Frederick Street, since his father’s death in 1921. He had taken on a new generation of artists, whom he trained and encouraged to find their own individual expression within the idiom closely associated with his own work (and sought by clients). Both are evident here – in the tapering fingers, large watery eyes, rich blue and pleated folds of elaborately delicate clothes. The grey and black Art Deco border element visible in the borders of his 1926/7 Sandford Road, Dublin St. Peter and St. Paul window is clear here, as is the mauve glass he favoured in his last windows made between 1927 – 30. For by December 1926, he was already seriously ill after suffering complications following a bad bicycle accident early that year, and in September, due to his slow recovery, was forced to leave Dublin for London, away from the stresses of running the studios. He returned early in 1927 to oversee an avalanche of jobs, which would have included this window.
Lit: Nicola Gordon Bowe, Harry Clarke. The Life and Work (History Press, Dublin 2012)
NGB Feb. 2015
HARRY CLARKE STUDIOS
ORIGINAL ORDER ORDER BOOK 2 PAGE 11 28 DEC 1926
ORDER NUMBER 1511
VERY REV FR C MANGAN , KILDIMO, CO LIMERICK
DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE STAINED GLASS WINDOW
36 X 12 INCHES AS ESTIMATE 22/12/1926
ST ANNE AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Reference : Trinity College , Dublin & Abbey Stained Glass Studios , Dublin .