Acquisitions
Featured Acquisition
Bellairs-Bishop-Miner Memorial Window

This stained glass window from the studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany was originally installed in the Bishop-Miner mausoleum in Glenwood Cemetery on Court Street in Flint. On behalf of the family, Fred Bellairs, grandson of Katharine Bishop Miner, organized the removal of the window for its safety and its donation to the FIA. The Bishop name, whose patriarch was banker Arthur G. Bishop, appears on several works of art donated to the FIA, including Mrs. Frederick B. Miner (Katharine Bishop), Mrs. R. Spencer Bishop, Sr. (Mary Bishop), Mr. Russell S. Bishop, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. A. William Bishop, and Betty Bishop Catto. In addition, the Bishop Gallery in the Art School was named in honor of Mary Bishop, one of the original founders of the Art School.

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, which is notable for its rich, lustrous color. 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 was up to 200 people employed in Tiffany’s window department alone.

This window is the first work by Tiffany to enter the collection. The heirs of the Bishop-Minor family felt its presence in the museum would be an appropriate memorial to their family, where many will be able to see and appreciate its beauty. The window will be permanently installed near the Decorative Arts Gallery.

Taotie mask with incised designs

 

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Stained Glass Window
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933); Tiffany Studios
Design attributed to Agnes F. Northrop (American, 1857–1953)
Leaded Favrile glass, 46 x 30 inches
Gift of Fred Bellairs, Robert Bellairs, Mary-Linn Benning, Bill Bishop, Bruce Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop, Falding Bishop, Russ Bishop, Katie Kutschinski, Barbara Miner, Bruce Miner, Doug Miner, Fritz Miner, Beth Osborne and Barbara Spiess, 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
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933); Tiffany Studios
Design attributed to Agnes F. Northrop (American, 1857–1953)
Leaded Favrile glass, 46 x 30 inches
Gift of Fred Bellairs, Robert Bellairs, Mary-Linn Benning, Bill Bishop, Bruce Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop, Falding Bishop, Russ Bishop, Katie Kutschinski, Barbara Miner, Bruce Miner, Doug Miner, Fritz Miner, Beth Osborne and Barbara Spiess, 2014.35
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