James Powell & Sons | Large Arts & Crafts Hall Lantern | England c.1900

£1,495.00

A rare and large arts and crafts hall lantern the original vaseline-glass cylindrical insert by James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars. England, c.1900.

Ht.(as displayed)87cm/34in, Ht.(lantern)53/21, W.23/9, Ht.(cylinder)24/9.5, W.(cylinder)14/5.5

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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