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Armorial Panel

1875-1925
11 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (29.2 x 21.3 cm)

Unknown, Flemish
Flemish

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Glass, enamel, paint, and lead
Credit Line: Bertha Buswell Bequest
Accession Number: 1942.31
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: Buswell-Hochstetter Collection

Small glass panels showcasing the coats of arms—specially-designed, unique combinations of lines, colors, and symbols that represent an individual or family—were especially popular among American collectors. While many were original, others were legitimate copies used to replace broken originals or decorate new and renovated buildings in the medieval or Renaissance style. There was also a large market for modern forgeries made specifically to serve an ever-growing market of collectors.

Of these three armorial panels [42.31, 42.34.3, 55.98], the only early example is the piece with the motto Bibe Si Sapis, which means “If thou art wise, drink.” The other two, both of which have women holding coats of arms, are modern, probably made in the late 19th or early 20th centuries.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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Bertha Hochstetter (Mrs. Henry) Buswell, Buffalo, NY; her bequest to the Gallery, 1942

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013


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