Whilst the rest of the art world slows for the summer months, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
are offering an impressive set of four stained glass windows by Henry Holiday in a bumper two-day Summer Sale. The auction on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th August 2014 spans Furniture, Works of Art, Painting and Rugs alongside Asian and European Ceramics and Glass.
Pre-Raphaelite artist Henry Holiday (1839-1927) was an English historical and landscape painter. He joined Powells Glass Works as a stained glass window designer in 1861, and in 1891 opened his own glass works in Hampstead. There he produced stained glass windows alongside mosaics, enamels and sacerdotal objects. One of his most famous stained glass designs is the Isambard Kingdom Brunell Memorial Window, 1868, at Westminster Abbey.
Holiday was commissioned to produce these pieces in 1898 by the Institute of Chartered accountants of England and Wales. Each has a figurative panel above the Institutes coat of arms and motto Recte Numerare [Lot 876].
Designed for institutes headquarters, Chartered Accountants Hall, in London, the group were purchased by Led Zepplins manager Peter Grant (1935-1995) and have since remained in his family.
Peter Grant and Led Zepplin guitarist Jimmy Page shared a passion for antiques, visiting local antique markets and shops between shows.
The sale will be held at Dreweatts Bloomsbury Auctions Donnington Priory saleroom, in Newbury, Berkshire on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th August.