Art Deco Stained Glass
In the 1920s through up until around the 1930s art deco stained glass was used to brighten up new homes in the England and other parts of the UK. These beautiful brightly coloured windows filled with geometric shapes were not just used in the more upmarket buildings of Chelsea or Mayfair they were used in abundance in working class areas such as East London’s Barking and South London’s Catford. The stained glass panels in these working class houses were normally quite small averaging around 40 inches in height and 60 inches in width this kept costs down and saved the need to use saddle bars to help support the panels. These small sized panels were often placed above larger clear glass windows as openers or above doors.
Paris Exposition of 1925
Art Deco design themed window patterns were being used 5 years before the designs earn international recognition in the Paris Exposition of 1925 and its popularity in England started to wane after the 1930’s and a large percentage of these beautiful existing windows were ripped out and placed in skips between 1970 and 1990 due to the sound and heat retaining benefits of UPVC double glazing which has to be said is ugly in comparison.
Today we are seeing a resurgence in the popularity of art deco stained glass with home owners even replacing some of their double glazing with period for their homes double art deco stained glass, others are just purchasing pieces of stained glass to use as wall fillers or to hang in front of plain glass windows in order to brighten a room.
Did you know?
That only glass panes on which transparent glass paint and glass stain have been applied should be called stained glass. Panels made out of panes of coloured glass should simply be referred to as leaded or at best decorative panels but nowadays this is becoming a forgotten point.