This is a stunning, very rare antique stained and painted glass window, dating from the 1880’s, made by the famous William Reith Stained Glass Studios. It is signed “Wm. Reith, Artist, Philadelphia,” on the bottom right corner. The window came from the St. John Nepomucene church at the corner of 9th and Wharton St. in Philadelphia. The window portrays an angel, dressed in white and vibrant scarlet, announcing Christ’s birth to three shepherds, depicted with their flock of sheep. In one hand, the angel holds a palm branch, which traditionally symbolizes victory or rejoicing; with the other hand, the angel gestures toward the Star signifying Jesus’ birth, which shines over a beautifully detailed scene of Bethlehem. The sky is formed from curved panels of glass, giving the window a beautiful three-dimensional effect. Above the scene is an arched panel featuring a triad of faceted honey jewels, flanked by two five-petal flowers with centers made from rock circular amber jewels. The entire window design is surrounded by a red border, followed by a pattern of purple glass alternating with blue faceted jewels. The window, including the frame, is 101 ½” tall and 41 ¾” wide, and is in excellent condition with just a small hairline across the angel’s face. There are also three other windows available, under item # NSG5, # NSG10, and # NSG11. They came from the same church and are also made by William Reith.
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