James Powell & Sons | Vaseline Glass Arts & Crafts Pendant | C.1900

A fine example of an English arts and crafts hall pendant. The original brass gallery and chain supporting a very good quality large straw-vaseline globe lampshade undoubtably by James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars Glassworks. England c.1900

Ht.(as displayed)76cm/30in, Ht.(shade & Gal.)33/13, Ht.20/8i, 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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