Monday, June 13, 2011

Grace St. Luke's Tiffany windows one of largest collections in the country

From Memphis-

During the 1950s and early ‘60s, a one-of-a-kind, priceless piece of art hung in a multi-purpose of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church — behind a basketball hoop, protected by chicken wire and poorly secured.

“We were one rock away from losing a Tiffany,” said Grace-St. Luke’s member Dan Conaway of one of the church’s recently restored stained-glass windows by renowned American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. “The church knew what they had, but (at the time) it didn’t have much value.

That piece of sacred art, now protected by “bullet-proof glass,” depicts robed Jesus holding a shining lantern in stunning, meticulous detail — a Tiffany trademark — and is one of seven windows Tiffany composed for Grace Church at the corner of Vance and Lauderdale before it joined St. Luke’s in 1940. The church’s collection of original Tiffany windows is one of the largest in the country.

“These are very finite, like a Picasso,” said Conaway. “There’s no real way to determine their value. They’re irreplaceable”

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