Friday, May 31, 2013

St. John the Evangelist, Leeds

The oldest church in the city of Leeds, St. John's was built in 1632-34.  It was altered in 1830-38 and was slated for demolition a few years later when it was saved by a campaign supported by Richard Norman Shaw and G.G. Scott.

Shaw continued to restore the church 1866-68, and this work was continued in 1890 by Temple Moore.

Shaw commissioned Salviati to create the gold mosaics in a setting designed by Moore. The angel corbels were reused from the old organ that was rebuilt in 1885. The carved central panel was bought separately and incorporated into the piece.

St. John's has been redundant since 1975 and it has been in the care of the Church's Trust since 1977.

Wrathmell, Susan. Pevsner Architectural Guides: Leeds. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. 52.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Parish Church of St. Faith's

Designed by the firm of G.E. Grayson and Edward Ould and financed by Douglas Horsfall, this red brick church was built 1898-1900.

The mosaic triptych by Salviati was installed in 1901.

Parish Church of St. Faith
Pevsner, Nikolaus and Richard Pollard. The Buildings of England: Lancashire. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. 95.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara

Built 1878-90 by Major Charles Mant and Robert Fellowes Chisolm (who took over for Mant in 1881 after his death) for H.H. Maharaja Gaikwar, parts of this building remain the residence of the ruling family of India's Baroda State. It is also open as a tourist attraction to the public.

The grand Darbar Hall (measuring 92 feet long by 54 feet wide by 48 feet high, on the left of the above picture) - used for concerts or other cultural events - contains a total of 8,000 square feet of Salviati mosaics on wall decorations, as well as the marble flooring, which took twelve men eighteen months to set.

The window arches are decorated with golden floral motifs. A local Indian draftsman named Mr. Hasjee may have been responsible for the designs, which were interpreted by the Venetian mosaicists.

Several life-sized, mosaic figures of women adorn the palace's entrance on the exterior of Darbar Hall.


An outdoor mosaic (approximately 15 feet high and 12 feet wide) features a bridal scene with Christian overtones, including an angel.

Art Fact
Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collectors' Guide, 2008. 126.
Mosaic Atlas
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Journal, Vol. 3, 1896. 426.
Special thanks to Richard Davis for his pictures, as well as first-hand information regarding these lovely mosaics.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Compton Pauncefoot

This 15th century church was renovated by William Slater in 1864.

Salviati mosaics adorn the reredos.

Mike Searle on Geograph 
Trish Steele on Wikimedia Commons
Salviati, Antonio. On mosaics. A Paper read before the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society on February 21st, 1865. 51.
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Monday, May 27, 2013

St. Chad's Church, Kirkby

Built 1869-71 by the design team of Paley and Austin, this church replaced a mid-18th century Georgian chapel.

Henry Holiday's 1898 opus sectile reredos of The Last Supper was executed by Salviati. It is surrounded by Pre-Raphaelite angels and virtues, and it is very similar to one Holiday designed a decade earlier for St. Stephen's Church in Philadelphia.

It is also reminiscent of the design by Clayton and Bell, which can be found in numerous places, including the reredos in Westminster Abbey. An original painting of The Last Supper by Albert Bell sold at auction in 2011 for over $20,000.

Studio International Art, Volume 46 (1909), p. 107 on Wikimedia Commons
British Listed Buildings
Nikolaus Pevsner and Richard Pollard, “Victorian and Edwardian Developments,” in Lancashire: Liverpool and The Southwest, Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), 95-96.
The Church of England in Kirkby
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Friday, May 24, 2013

St. Stephen's Church, Hampstead

S.S. Teulon's 1871 church became redundant in 1977 and the interior was severely vandalized over the next twenty years.

In 1998, the church was joined with the school next door and since then, the building has been restored and is now used to hold events such as weddings or birthday celebrations.

Salviati mosaic roundels of various Passion symbols can still be found in the former chancel, while most in the nave seem to have been lost. 

A few roundels featuring angels that surround a rose window above the entrance to the side chapel are intact.

Cherry, Bridget. The Buildings of England: London 4: North. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. 206.
Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2008. 125.
Telegraph UK
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

St. Luke's Church Battersea

Architect Frederick William Hunt designed this church, which was built 1882-93.

The choir contains a Salviati mosaic of the winged bull of St. Luke above the north door to the vestry. It was added in 1891 and modeled after the circular window in St. Mary's Battersea.

St. Luke's Church
English Heritage. Chapter 3: Churches and Chapels. Draft.
Scott Shaw's A View from Tokyo blog.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hawkley Parish Church

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Hants was designed by S.S. Teulon in a Norman style and built in 1861-65.

Although Antonio Salviati documents his work as being "reredos" within the church, the side chapel altar seems to be the only place decorated with mosaics.

The chapel's altar has three lunettes featuring white birds on a black background.

Salviati, Antonio. On Mosaics. 1865. 51.
British History Online
Hawkley: Church
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Basher Eyre on Geograph

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Church of St. Peter and Paul, Wisbech

A 15th century reconstruction of an originally Norman structure forms the base of this church, which was restored numerous times including in 1858 under architect William Bassett-Smith.

Located under a magnificent stained glass window, the Salviati reredos of The Last Supper was designed by Clayton and Bell, and it was unveiled in 1885.

Cambridgeshire Collection from Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1900 (London: Kelly's Directories Limited, 1900), pp.214-220.
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Gardiner, Frederic John. History of Wisbech and Neighbourhood during the last fifty years: 1848-1898. Wisbech: Gardiner and Company, 1898. 254.

Monday, May 20, 2013

St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

Built on the site of a former parish church, this Anglican cathedral was designed by William Butterfield and built 1880-91.

Butterfield's design

The cartoon for the 300 square foot reredos was made by Clayton and Bell. It depicts the Crucifixion and Last Supper on top, with a cross in the middle that is flanked by Saints Peter and Paul.

Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1916. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2008. 126.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Upper Berkeley Street Synagogue

Known today as the West London Synagogue, this building was designed by the firm of Davis and Emanuel and built 1871.

1936 view

Golden Salviati mosaics adorn the Commandment tablets on either side of the apse arch.

Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2008. 125.
English Heritage
Helen and Matthew Banks