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Medallion window, c. 1892
Stairwell, Laurelton Hall, Long Island, New York, 1902–57
General exhibition window in thirteenth-century design
Leaded glass
Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, New York City, 1892–1900
144 1/2 x 48 1/8 in.

The soaring Gothic arch, narrow and sharply pointed, is a form familiar to medieval church architecture in Europe. This distinctive element provides the inspiration for the Medallion window produced in 1892 by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) for general exhibition purposes. Featured in Charles de Kay's 1914 authorized biography The Art Work of Louis C. Tiffany, the window was eventually purchased for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation at Laurelton Hall in 1935. A particularly fine example of Tiffany's art, the Medallion window displays the remarkable visual effects that can be created with glass. In this window, Tiffany varied the thickness, texture, and color of the glass, and provided border accents of jewel chunks.

<em>Medallion</em> window