Monday, August 08, 2011

Other Modern: An Art Nouveau Sanctuary Lamp

Continuing our Other Modern series, I was recently browsing a book which was looking at the Art Nouveau period when I happened across the following "sanctuary lamp" (I place this in quotations as the meaning here is different from how Catholics would use this phrase; this is not a vigil lamp for the Blessed Sacrament, but rather more like a chandelier which hangs above the sanctuary of this church) which was designed by J.A. Holzer, made by the famed company of Louis Comfort Tiffany, exhibited in Chicago in 1893 at the Columbian Exposition, and finally found its home in Boston's Covenant Church.

Before we proceed to the colour photographs, permit me to show you an older photograph which will allow you a bit better view of some of the figurative details.


Here is a view of the lamp taken from the narthex. One can see how well it meshes with the otherwise gothic revival interior.


(Detail: Image source)

Finally, here is a colour view of the lamp in closer detail:


Incidentally, Covenant Church also offers an online tour of its series of Tiffany windows, some of which we have featured here within the context of our Other Modern series before. You can see the tour here: http://www.cotcbos.org/tiffany-windows-tour.html