An antique, three-part framed arched glass window with leaded, stained and opalescent glass. It features a gnarled, old oak tree with a sunset background representing both knowledge and the end of life.
Attributed to Duffner and Kimberly (New York, 1905-11). Duffner & Kimberly was formed by Frank Joseph Duffner, a former employee of both the Bradley and Hubbard Company and the Phoenix Glass Company, and Oliver Kimberly, a former Tiffany Studios employee. The Duffner & Kimberly Company produced high quality, mosaic glass in direct competition to their rival Tiffany Studios. They produced finely crafted stained glass windows, memorial plaques and mosaic lamps. Duffner & Kimberly filed for for bankruptcy in 1913 after operating for only six years following a financial recession in the United States. Today their pieces are highly regarded and very collectible.
Signed with a false maker's mark: Tiffany Studios/ New York
Auburn Academic High School (15-23 Garden Street, Auburn, New York, built 1888, now demolished). From 1898 to 1910, each graduating class would raise funds to present a stained glass window to the school. This window from the 1908 class occupied the west window of the assembly room. (Source: The Auburn Citizen
, December 21, 1910). The last photo shows the window in the 1932 edition of the school's yearbook The Arrow. Following the closing of the school, all the windows were removed from the building in 1983 and sent to auction. (Source: The Auburn Citizen
, November 7, 1983). Information courtesy of the Cayuga County Historian's Office.
Read about the presentation of the window in the Auburn Citizen
(December 23, 1908) and the other windows in the Auburn Citizen
(December 21, 1910).
Width 134 Depth 6.5 Height 79.25 inches