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Standesscheibe of Zürich (1679)

A Standesscheibe is a stained glass representation of the full coat of arms of a canton (Stand) of the Old Swiss Confederacy, sometimes arranged in a complete armorial of all cantonal coats of arms of Switzerland. Standesscheibe is the specific term for a stained glass window depicting a cantonal coat of arms. The generic terms for coats of arms depicted in stained glass windows was Wappenscheibe.

The fashion of stained glass coats of arms arises ca. 1485, together with the Swiss illustrated chronicles reflecting an increased self-esteem after the victories of the Burgundian Wars.

In ca. 1501, a full set of cantonal Standesscheiben was presented to the hall of the Swiss diet in Baden, made by Lukas Zeiner of Zürich.

The fashion of stained glass cantonal coats of arms remained alive in Switzerland throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, and to some extent continued in the 19th and early 20th centuries with the coats of arms of the cantons of modern Switzerland.

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  • Hermann Meyer, Die schweizerische Sitte der Fenster- und Wappenschenkung vom XV. bis XVII. Jh. (1884).
  • Jenny Schneider, Die Standesscheiben von Lukas Zeiner im Tagsatzungssaal zu Baden (Schweiz): ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der schweizerischen Standesscheiben, vol. 12 of Basler Studien zur Kunstgeschichte (1954).