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|Title||Art Nouveau stained glass windowpane|
|Published||Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver|
|Contributor||Museum of Vancouver|
This is one of a set of two Art Nouveau windows produced by Henry Bloomfield & Son, Vancouver, B.C. They form part of a larger hall window composed of two each of these designs, displayed alternately, with a row of four smaller (transom) windows placed above. This hall window was published in The Canadian Architect and Builder in April 1901, but no location is given. The Vancouver Museum holds only these two panes from the original eight in its collection. They were reportedly produced ca. 1901.
The Bloomfield firm was first established ca. 1891 in New Westminster, B.C., then moved to Vancouver in 1900. Brothers James and Charles combined their artistic and technical and business skills to produce some of the best pieces of stained and painted glass in the province. Their popularity was partly due to James' love of heraldry and natural forms, which often included native plants. It was also due to their use of the Art Nouveau style in the context of the Arts and Crafts Movement, a form totally new to the West Coast when James returned from studies in Europe and the U.S. in 1899. It is this style that pervades this window.
Stained glass window with a stylized flower motif in green, mauve, amber and brown colours, plus clear glass;one central flower shape at the top with stem, and leaves at base of window;framed in unpainted wood