Whitefriars Glass is the name of the British glass produced by the London firm of James Powell and Sons from the second quarter of the 19th century until its closure in 1980.

There are several distinctive stylistic periods of manufacture. During the late 19th and early 20th century, it was famous for its flowing, fluid wares emulating Venetian glass and the fashionable arts and crafts style. In the interwar period Whitefriars produced more geometric pieces inspired by Art Deco and in the post-war era it was known for its chunkier deep coloured, Mid-Century pieces many of them designed by Geoffrey Baxter.


Powell stained glass panels shine in sale

28 October 2019

As part of a House & Garden sale, the top-seller at Mallams (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Abingdon was a set of six stained-glass panels by James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars.

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Five pieces of post-war British glass for sale at SAS next week

03 January 2019

Well-known and rare glass designs feature in the 200-plus lots from a single-owner collection for sale at Special Auction Services on Tuesday, January 8.

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Saleroom selection: Six pieces of Baxter Whitefriars glass on offer at auctions around the UK

01 October 2018

Whitefriars glass can be traced back to the 18th century but it really came into its own after James Powell purchased the business for his three sons in 1834.

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Rare glass paperweights at Cirencester sale

04 August 2015

Paperweights from makers such as Caithness, Mdina, Selkirk, Wedgwood and Whitefriars go under the hammer at auctioneers Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester on August 7.


Restaurant’s £5000 Greek legend

22 September 2008

This large three-section glass panel was designed and made by Paul Jefferies at the Whitefriars factory in 1966.


Be aware of Drunken Bricklayers on eBay

18 September 2007

Readers are advised to be wary of cut-price Whitefriars Drunken Bricklayer vases – they may be fakes.


Country Seat prove a glass act once more

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.

A toast to two Drunken Bricklayers

19 May 2004

BIRMINGHAM auctioneers Biddle & Webb (15% buyer’s premium) have been holding regular decorative arts sales for some years now. Generally 20th century ceramics top the sales list and this was again the case at the April 16 sale when two 13in (33cm) examples of Drunken Bricklayer vases designed by Geoffrey Baxter for the Whitefriars pottery were major stars.