Looking through Victorian era tinted glass

Victorian era (1880s) tinted glass panes, Negustori church, Mantuleasa area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

I experienced some of my most serene moments when looking through the clear and crisp tinted glass panes produced in the Victorian era. In Bucharest there is just a handful of those examples of true industrial art, and most of them are of small dimensions, found as decorations of gazed doorway entrances and some conservatories. A number of local orthodox rite churches also contain basic compositions of Victorian tinted glass. One of those examples is presented in the photographs of this post, which I found decorating the glazed entrance of Negustori church in Bucharest, a quaint edifice in a mixture of c18th Brancovan and c19th European historicist architectural styles and mural paintings. The fresh moss green shade is among the rarest encountered in Bucharest, where more frequent are the ruby ones, followed by purple, dark blue and citrus yellow tinted panes. The second photograph, bellow, shows an image shot through the tinted glass pane, acting as a photographic filter. I believe it conveys something from the beautiful placidity and peace of those times nearly one and a half century ago, here in Bucharest, at the gates of the Orient, a sort of Alice in Wonderland, vision typical of the years when this glass was produced.

Victorian era (1880s) tinted glass panes, Negustori church, Bucharest, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)