To cinnamon, indigo, and willow were added meadow green, kingfisher blue and a vibrant tangerine by 1969. Aubergine and pewter colours were short-lived later additions, as were the handful of pieces made in clear flint and ruby red glass.
Although rarities are understood to have changed hands for more behind closed doors, the auction highwater mark appeared to be the £2600 bid for a 1972 aubergine Banjo at Kingham & Orme in November 2017.
Prices for Baxter Whitefriars have been prone to fluctuation across the years since collecting began in earnest in the 1990s. But they are again very strong.
However, there were more than 40 people on thesaleroom.com ‘watching’ a 13in (32cm) tangerine Banjo offered at Anderson & Garland (25% buyer’s premium) in Newcastle upon Tyne on September 27. Guided at £800-1200, it took the top estimate.
Eight different colourways of the classic Whitefriars Banjo vase were offered in a single-owner private collection at Tennants in February 2022 when a tangerine version made £1500.