Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family

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Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family


Unknown maker, Swiss




Basel (?), Switzerland (Place created)


about 1490


Pot-metal, flashed, and colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain; lead came


44 × 31 × 1 cm (17 5/16 × 12 3/16 × 3/8 in.)

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A beautiful courtly woman is shown next to the arms of the Eberler family of Basel, Switzerland. She wears a richly patterned blue gown with short slit sleeves, long kid gloves, a dagger attached to a gold belt, a gold necklace, and an elaborate headdress with a trailing white veil. The coat of arms comprise a shield with the charge (heraldic motif) of a red boar’s head on a patterned gold field (ground), helmet, crest (distinctive feature above a helmet) of a red boar’s head, and mantling (cloak-like decoration behind a coat of arms) in the form of wide densely curled leaves of the colors (both red and gold). The figure and armorial are set against a red damask-patterned ground within an arbored arch with birds in the supports and a lively image of falconry above. The panel is worked to the highest refinement, both in the sophisticated application of the vitreous paint and silver stain, and in the use of flashed glass. The motifs and style bear close comparison to the work of the Basel glass painter, Lucas Zeiner, as well as to the earliest work of the great Swiss Renaissance master, Niklaus Manuel Deutsch.

before 2002

Barbara Giesicke (Badenweiler, Germany), sold to Sam Fogg, London.

2002 - 2003

Sam Fogg Rare Books & Manuscripts (London), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.

Images in Light: Newly Acquired Stained Glass (October 28, 2003 to April 4, 2004) (21)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 28, 2003 to April 4, 2004

Michael, Michael. Images in Light: Stained Glass, 1200-1550 (London: Sam Fogg, 2002), pp. 7, 10, 52-55, 116-17, no. 21.

Giesicke, Barbara. "Ein Glasgemälde des Baslers Mathis Eberler." In Archives Héraldiques Suisses Schweizer Archiv Für Heraldik Archivio Araldico Svizzero, 2002, p. 11, fig. 1.

Raguin, Virginia Chieffo. Stained Glass: Radiant Art (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), pp. 49, 54, 66-69, fig. 45.