"Legislature" Stained Glass Window Glass Paperweight

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"Legislature" Stained Glass Window Glass Paperweight

10.00

This elegant glass paperweight featuring "Legislature" Stained Glass Window, by artist William Brantley Van Ingen (1858-1955) is from the Senate Chamber.  This 3 3/4" round paperweight is packaged in a gift box with the following inscription on the back of the box:

William Brantley Van Ingen was one of the few artists of the Capitol to paint both murals and also design stained glass. He produced the ocular windows in both the Senate and House Chambers, which represent industries and ideas for which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was known in 1906.

Van Ingen’s windows for the Senate Chamber have tones of violet, purple, light blue, rose, and crimson, which echo the brilliancy of the green and gold color scheme.   In these windows, beautiful in their rich harmonies of color and ample grace of composition, the artist has symbolized, by female figures and accompanying emblematic details, the arts and science, various industries of the State, and certain abstract ideas. 

To identify the subjects embodied in the windows, begin on the right of the president’s seat, as you face it, and continue around the room toward the right. In this order, they are as follows: Weaving, Temperance, Glass-Blowing, Peace, Railroads, Militia, Legislature (with the Roman emblem of authority, the “fasces,” a bundle of sticks bound together around an axe, symbolizing the power to bind the social units into an organized whole, and to punish infringements of the system), History, Foundries, and Architecture.

Item #11-005

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