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Experimental Panel

© the Piper Estate / DACS 2023. Photo credit: The Stained Glass Museum

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This experimental abstract panel was made around the same time as John Piper's (1903–1992) major commission for the Baptistery window at Coventry Cathedral. It is an impressive colourful abstract stained glass panel, which was made to Piper 's design by stained glass artist-craftsman Patrick Reyntiens (1925–2021), circa 1956. On the morning of 15th November, 1940, after eleven hours of fierce bombing, Coventry Cathedral was a smoking ruin. Fifteen years later a new cathedral was built in a strikingly modern style. The architect, Basil Spence had decided to make stained glass an important feature of the building after a visit to the medieval cathedral of Chartres. Piper was one of many artists commissioned to design stained glass for this important building.

The Stained Glass Museum



Experimental Panel




stained glass


H 110 x W 153 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

on loan from a private collection, 2003

Work type

Stained glass


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