Wednesday 21 October 2020

Wonderful Whitefriars

Lot 340

A Kingfisher blue Whitefriars 'Totem' vase, pattern number 9671, 26cm high

Estimate £60 - £100 sold for £140 14th October 2020

History of Whitefriars
James Powell
 bought a glass factory in 1834, in the Whitefriars area of London.  
James' three sons, ArthurNathanael and John ran the factory from 1840. Originally the company made stained glass, and scientific and industrial glass. Whitefriars began making glass tableware during the 1860's. In 1875, Nathanael's son, Harry James Powell, joined Whitefriars, and ran the company until 1919 and created many designs. In 1923, the company relocated to a new factory in Middlesex. Designers at Whitefriars during the 20's, 30's and 40's were Arthur Marriott PowellWilliam ButlerBarnaby PowellWilliam Wilson, and James Hogan. In 1954 Geoffrey Baxter joined the design team, and launched his very successful textured glass range in 1967, which included bark vases, the banjo vase, the Totem pole vase and of course the drunken bricklayer vase. The Whitefriars factory closed in 1980.

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