James Powell & Sons | Arts & Crafts Pendant Light | England c.1900
A very good quality arts and crafts & vaseline glass lantern. The lightly mottled brass gallery holding a beautiful vaseline glass conical lampshade by James Powell and Sons of Whitefriars Glassworks, London. England c.1900
Ht.(as displayed)71cm/28in, HT.(shade & Fit.)25/10,
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