Records date back to 1720 for a small glassworks off London's
Fleet Street, but Britain's longest running glass house, best known
as the Whitefriars factory, really came into its own when James
Powell purchased the business for his three sons in 1834.
It was under the aegis of the Powell family that Whitefriars led
fashion and technology in the manufacture of domestic decorative
and table glass for a century and a half.
Largely forgotten in the years following its closure in 1980, in
more recent times Whitefriars has enjoyed a vibrant collecting
revival as collectors, dealers and the museum community reassess a
broad spectrum of high quality, handmade glass that epitomise
design movements from the Arts and Crafts to the Swinging
by Roland Arkell
From the ATG Archive
22 September 2008
This large three-section glass panel was designed and made by Paul Jefferies at the Whitefriars factory in 1966.
18 September 2007
Readers are advised to be wary of cut-price Whitefriars Drunken Bricklayer vases – they may be fakes.
09 September 2004
INNOVATIVE Oxfordshire dealers The Country Seat may be best known as furniture specialists, but they are increasingly turning their focus towards 19th and 20th century design.
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29 May 2015
The work of designer and architect William Arthur Smith Benson (1854-1924) entered a new price arena when this silvered brass ceiling light sold for £23,000 at Mallams Oxford.
27 May 2005
THE reputation established by Gardiner Houlgate over the last ten years for Clarice Cliff pottery has resulted in two specialist sales each year of around 200 lots.
07 March 2013
It was at Frinton-on-Sea Golf Club that James Grinter, managing director at Reeman Dansie of Colchester, first learned of the Douglas Shepherd collection of Arts and Crafts silver.
28 April 2005
NEXT month The Country Seat turn the spotlight for the second time on fin de siècle pioneering lighting designer W.A.S. Benson, when they mount an exhibition, The Talented Mr Benson, at their picturesque medieval tithe barn at Huntercombe off the A4130 near Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire.
05 March 2013
It was during negotiations to secure the future of the Kelmscott Press after the death of William Morris in 1896 that Laurence William Hodson (1863-1933) acquired four watercolour and pencil designs by Philip Webb (1831-1915).
14 February 2005
JUST a couple of years ago, specialist glass fairs were proliferating. That frenzy seems to have settled down of late, probably because the serious glass dealers understandably are getting choosy. But one that increasingly is making its mark is the Cambridge Glass Fair, organised by Paul Bishop under the name Oxbridge Fairs, which will be held for the fifth time this Sunday (February 20) at Chilford Hall Vineyard, Linton, Cambridgeshire.