Painted blue glass

These stunning examples of painted blue glass date to the 12th century and are associated with the works of Henry of Blois, Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey from 1126 to 1171. Largely decorated with scrolling, leaf designs and drapery, the designs on this collection of glass can be compared to the decoration on metalwork and in manuscripts at the time. The early glazing scheme was of the highest quality and similar in style to northern French glass-painting of the period.

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