James Powell & Sons, Whitefriars | Arts & Crafts Lantern | England c.1905


A large rare flint-glass arts and crafts pendant lampshade by James Powell & Sons, Birmingham. Displayed with the original copper gallery, brass chain and arts and crafts “lily-pad” ceiling rose for suspension. England c1900

Ref: W.A.S Benson, Ian Hamerton, P.142, Plate 120 matching James Powell design flint -glass lampshade in W.A.S Benson light.

Ht.(as displayed)74cm/31in, Ht.(shade & fit)36/14, Ht.(shade023/9, W.13/5

Whitefriars Glass Company, London

James Powell & Sons

  • In 1834 James Powell,  then a 60-year-old London wine merchant and entrepreneur, purchased the Whitefriars Glass Company, a small glass-works off Fleet Street in London.

  • Powell, and his sons Arthur and Nathanael, were newcomers to glass making, but soon acquired the necessary expertise and specialised in making church stain glass windows.

  • During the latter part of the c.19th, the firm formed a close association with leading architects and designers. Whitefriars produced the glass that Phillip Webb used in his designs for William Morris

  • By 1900 production lines of  vaseline and opalescent glass-ware, including lampshades, were proving to be extremely successful with clients such as William Arthur Smith Benson using their glass in the design of their lights.

  • The firm’s name was changed to Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) Ltd in 1919

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