Style of Best & LLoyd with James Powell & Sons | 2 Arts & Crafts Brass Wall Lights | England c.1905

A pair of attractive arts and crafts brass wall lights each mounted onto a wooden back-plate in the style of and possibly by Best & Lloyd, Birmingham and supporting a vaseline glass lampshade by James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars. England c.1900

Best & Lloyd, Birmingham 1867

  • Best & Lloyd founded in 1867 after liquidation of Best & Hobson producing candle lamps

  • By 1900 Best & Lloyd had become the largest lighting manufacturer in the world.

  • In 1928, founder Robert Best’s grandson designed the iconic Bestlite range inspired by the Bauhaus movement.

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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