Saint Philip The Tennessee Window
Saint Philip, the Tennessee Window
Saint Philip, the third disciple that Jesus called is featured in the Tennessee window. He holds three iconographical symbols: a pen, identifying him as an evangelist; a book, denoting the gospel message he carried to Scythia (present day Ukraine); and a staff topped by a cross, which sources say he used to rid the city of Hierapolis of serpents. It also has been suggested Philip was later crucified on a tall cross in Hierapolis of Phrygia (present day Turkey). This window was installed sometime in 1911.
Tiffany posed Saint Philip as he did most of the Blandfrod saints, before a floral background. Many of the glass flowers in Tiffany’s windows were created by dropping one color into the molten mass of another to form petals of abstract flowers. Sometimes the floral abstractions resemble indentifiable blossoms like the yellow flowers in this design, suggestive of narcissus. (Martha Wrenn Briggs, The Compass Windows of Old Blandford Church).
In the contract with the Tiffany studios for the Tennessee window, the cost was $350, with a $35 fee added for “sash protection, freight and setting.” This was the standard charge for each of the now priceless compass windows installed in the Church between 1904 – 1912.
Blandford Church is now managed by Petersburg Preservation and is open for tours on the hour, Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. with the last tour beginning each day at 4:00 p.m.
Blandford Church is now managed by the Petersburg Preservation Task Force and is open for tours on the hour, Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., with the last tour beginning each day at 4:00 p.m.
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