Acquisitions
Featured Acquisition
Sackler Gift to the FIA
Bellairs-Bishop-Miner Memorial Window

Serving as a memorial to the Bellairs-Bishop-Miner families of Flint, this stained-glass window from the studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany was originally installed in a mausoleum in Glenwood Cemetery. The window was removed by the family for its safety and donated to the FIA to continue the legacy of giving of the Bishop-Miner family. The name of Bishop-Miner appears on several works of art donated to the FIA through the generosity of Mrs. Frederick B. Miner (Katherine Bishop). Katherine's father, Arthur G. Bishop, was a banker integral in the formation of General Motors.

The window depicts a mountainous landscape seen from the vantage point of a porch with columns. A grapevine grows up from bottom right, providing a canopy of grapes above. Scholars have attributed the composition design to Agnes Northrop, Tiffany's chief female designer, based on her published design, Behold the Western Evening Light, which appeared in a Tiffany pamphlet on memorial windows in 1896. The window is made of Favrile glass, an iridescent art glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and patented in 1894. This glass is notable for its rich, lustrous color, not painted on the surface, but embedded in the glass itself. Tiffany founded his first glassmaking firm in 1892, which he called the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. The years between 1900 and 1910 were the height of window production for Tiffany Studios, when there were up to 200 people employed in Tiffany's window department alone.

This window is the first work by Tiffany to enter the collection. The Bellairs-Bishop-Miner families felt its presence in the museum would be an appropriate memorial where many will be able to see and appreciate its beauty. The window will be permanently installed near the Decorative Arts Gallery. Please join us at a special unveiling on Saturday, March 21. See page 19 for details.

Taotie mask with incised designs

 

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Bellairs-Bishop-Miner Memorial Window
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933);
Tiffany Studios
Design attributed to Agnes F. Northrop (American, 1857–1953)
Leaded Favrile glass, 47 3/8 x 31 1/8 inches
Gift of the Bellairs-Bishop-Miner Family, 2014.35
Other Acquisitions
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne
French, 1704–1778
Henri-Claude, Comte D'Harcourt, 1760
terracotta
22 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 12 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.20

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Northern Wei dynasty, 386–535
Figure: A warrior on horseback, n.d.
gray body, painted
10 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.21

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Tang dynasty, 618–907
Pillow with painted decoration of three flowers and vegetation, n.d.
stoneware
3 3/16 x 5 3/8 x 4 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.22

Artist Unknown
Chinese
Head: Stone head of Bodhisattva, ca. 500 AD
limestone
16 x 8 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.23

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Ming dynasty, 1368–1644
Head of Buddha, n.d.
cast iron, paint
18 1/2 x 13 x 13 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.24

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Shang dynasty, 1600–1046 BCE or Zhou dynasty, 1046–256 BCE
Taotie mask with incised designs, n.d.
bronze
8 x 8 x 1/8 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.25

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Shang dynasty, 1600–1046 BCE
Double-owl vessel (YOU) with lid, n.d.
bronze
8 x 8 x 6 1/4 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.26

Artist Unknown
Chinese, Early Western Zhou dynasty, 1046–256 BCE
Vessel (GUI) with a body decorated with conical bosses and two taotie-head handles, n.d.
bronze
6 1/4 x 9 1/4 12 3/4 inches
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 2014.27
Al Held
American, 1928–2005
Cubes, 1969
lithograph on paper
35 x 24 1/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Harry and Margaret Meisner, 2014.28

Vincent Longo
American, b. 1923
Frontal, 1970
etching on paper
30 x 22 1/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Harry and Margaret Meisner, 2014.29

Andrew Dasburg
American, b. France, 1887–1979
Ranchos Valley I, 1974
lithograph on paper
20 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches
Gift of Dr. Harry and Margaret Meisner, 2014.30

Harold Edgerton
American, 1903–1990
Bullet Through King of
Diamonds, 1964
dye transfer print
9 x 11 inches
Gift of Arlette and Gus Kayafas, 2014.31

Harold Edgerton
American, 1903–1990
Moving Skip Rope, 1952
dye transfer print
9 x 11 inches
Gift of Arlette and Gus Kayafas, 2014.32

Adolph Gottlieb
American, 1903–1974
Germination III, 1969
lithograph on paper
22 1/4 x 30 inches
Gift of the Estate of Herbert J. Booth, 2014.33

Robert Rauschenberg
American, 1925–2008
Hand-Drawn, Light-Printed, 1980
off-set lithograph on mylar
23 x 18 inches
Gift of Max Lepler and Rex L. Dotson, 2014.34

Louis Comfort Tiffany
American, 1848–1933
Stained Glass Window, n.d.
glass
46 x 30 inches
Gift of the Bellairs-Bishop-Miner Family, 2014.35
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