Irish Stained and Hand Painted Glass Panel of Fairy and Leprechaun – UNIQUE

Irish Stained and Hand Painted Glass Panel of Fairy and Leprechaun …….. VERY RARE and TRULY UNIQUE !!



Irish Stained and Hand Painted Glass Panel of Fairy and Leprechaun

 

THE LEGEND OF THE FAIRY AND THE LEPRECHAUN

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Irish Stained and Hand Painted Glass Panel of Fairy and Leprechaun.

GORGEOUS AND UNIQUE stained glass and hand-pained panel in frame.

DEFINITELY...... IRISH.....Mid-19th Century.....circa 1860.

The frame has been made later and the panel mounted on it. The frame is rather rustic in construction but in a 'funny way' adds to the feel of the piece !!

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Irish Stained and Hand Painted Glass Panel of Fairy and Leprechaun.

The Panel is constructed of stained glass with 3 central hand-painted panels depicting 3 scenes of:

  1. A Girl Fairy meeting a Leprechaun as he works mending shoes on a Toadstool (Mushroom).
  2. The Fairy woo's the Leprechaun and they kiss.......snakes appear either side of the Toadstool.
  3. The Fairy takes off and leaves the Leprechaun who appears to turn into a Toad/Frog.
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This piece is so unique and rare that you will NEVER find another like it......its depiction of Irish Folklore is simply magnificent !!!!!

You will note that the depiction of the Leprechaun is NOT the modern interpretation of what a Leprechaun looks like.......he more closely resembles what we now regard as a Garden Gnome......with his little red hat and shoes......but it is definitely a Leprechaun......as he is depicted classically repairing shoes on his toadstool  !!!

This clearly indicates that the panel has some age to it........ as it is not attempting to mimic the modern interpretation of a Leprechaun with his large hat, beard etc. This is only a modern development for St. Patrick's Day !! Kind of like the modern day image of Santa being a creation of Coca-Cola in the early 20th Century !


What is a Leprechaun?

Leprechauns in Ireland are part of Irish mythology and folklore on our faerie folk. Leprechauns are also known as the wee folk and stand approximately 2-3 foot tall. They are devious characters, quick witted, and will do anything to evade capture from humans.

Small enough for one to sit comfortable on your shoulder they are very smartly dressed in small suites with waist coats, hats and buckled shoes.

As a cousin of the clurichaun they are known to inhabited Ireland well before the arrival of the Celts and give live for hundreds of years.

The shoemaker Leprechaun

In the Irish Faerie realm Leprechauns are known to be the only Faerie that has a trade, which is shoemaking. William Butler Yeats once said:

Because of their love of dancing they (the Fae) will constantly need shoes

Yeats goes on to tell the story of a woman who had been spirited away by the Faeries and had been returned seven years later minus her toes. She had danced them off!

You’ll hear a Leprechaun before you’ll ever see one. If you’re ever out in the rural country side and hear a tap, tap, tap, its usually the sound of them hammering nails into the soles of a shoe.

Link: http://www.yourirish.com/folklore/legend-of-leprechauns


Irish Stained and Hand Painted Glass Panel of Fairy and Leprechaun.

It was definitely a once off piece.

Personally, I think this should be in a Museum !!

Irish Stained and Hand Painted Glass Panel of Fairy and Leprechaun.

This is your chance to own a piece of ORIGINAL Irish art, folk art, stained glass, Irish folklore and history all at once !!

Would be best displayed with a back-light to illuminate the panel from the rear !!

Irish Stained and Hand Painted Glass Panel of Fairy and Leprechaun.

Provenance: Bought Privately in Rural Ireland.

Dimensions: 28.75" x 14.75" in Frame.

Price: $7,500.00. Sale Price Now: $4,750.00

 

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