French, Reims - Fragments from Reims Cathedral, 18th century

French, Reims

Fragments from Reims Cathedral, 18th century

Stained glass, 54.5 x 34.5 cm (21 7/16 x 13 9/16 in.) overall


Object details

Accession number



  • Unknown - primary
  • Phipps, Ball & Burnham (active Boston, 1919 - 1922) - manufacturer


Fragments of stained glass windows from Reims Cathedral shattered by German bombs during World War I, gathered by Chester A. Howell, American ambulance driver, between Ludes and Reims, France in May-June 1918.
Gift from Chester A. Howell to Isabella Stewart Gardner through Henry Davis Sleeper (1878–1934), interior decorator from Gloucester, Massachusetts, who had the fragments set into this panel by the glass company Phipps, Ball & Burnham, Boston in December 1919.


Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), pp. 55-56.
William N. Mason. “Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 6, no. 47 (21 Jul. 1963), p. 2.
Clara Strauss. “Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 7, no. 29 (15 Mar. 1964), p. 2.
Madeline Caviness (ed.). Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass from New England Collections. Exh. cat. (Cambridge: Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, 1978), p. 99.
Madeline Caviness et al. Stained Glass before 1700 in American Collections: New England and New York (Corpus Vitrearum Checklist I). Studies in the History of Art, vol. 15 (Washington, D.C., 1985), p. 44.
Meredith Parsons Lillich. The Gothic Stained Glass of Reims Cathedral (University Park, Pennsylvania, 2001), pp. 14-15, fig. 23.
Shirin Fozi. 'A Mere Patch of Color': Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Shattered Glass of Reims Cathedral. Memory and Commemoration in Medieval Culture (Farnham, 2013), pp. 321-44.

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