The work of Maine stained glass conservator Robin Neely has been included in the Brown Pearl period room of the new $345 million Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The museum commissioned Neely to recreate leaded glass windows for the colonial-era room, originally from the circa 1704 Box-ford, Mass. home of farmer Cornelius and Susannah Brown. The period rooms authentically interpret domestic life in the founding years of America and display the MFA’s collection of North American 17th and early 18th century silver, portraits, textiles and furniture.
To reproduce the colonial windows, Neely conducted extensive research on original, untouched antique windows she found in several museums in New England.
“My research revealed the need to have glass handcrafted and custom-blown to replicate the colonial crown glass. Commercially available glass cannot match the intricate appearance of these historic windows,” she said recently in a prepared statement.
The Museum of Fine Arts’ new, 121,307 square-foot Art of the Americas wing features 53 new galleries. For information, visit www.mfa.org.