Monday, June 18, 2012

Whitefriar Glass.

I've been trying to curb my thrift store visits on account of my ongoing fear of being selected by my friends and family to appear on an episode of Hoarders. However.... last week while on vacation I gave into temptation and checked out my local Goodwill. The store felt grosser than usual but I braved the foul and got on with the prowl. Boy am I glad I did! it was sooooo worth it. Check out this beauty I found...
This pic via Pips-Trip flickr

The tiny worn out label on it said 'Whitefriar' (which I wasn't familiar with) so when I went home I googled some info on it. This is what I found via  20th Century Glass:

"James Powell bought a glass factory in 1834, in the Whitefriars area of London, back then the glassworks was called James Powell & Sons. James' three sons, Arthur Powell, Nathanael Powell and John Powell, 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 Powell, William Butler, Barnaby Powell, William 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, and of course the drunken bricklayer vase. The Whitefriars factory closed in 1980."

This particular piece is mid-century and is part of a series which comes in several styles and colour-ways, all of which are fantastic! I find the colour palette interesting because I wouldn't normally associate them as much with mid-century as I would with something more contemporary.

via RedGrey

Oh yeah and my little $4.04 purchase might be worth somewhere in the vicinity of $150-200!!! so see it does pay to thrift! I think purchasing this piece is only going to further fuel my love for mid-century art glass. As for my little hoarding problem...who am I kidding I don't stand a chance and guess what, I'm okay with that!

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