Thursday, September 19, 2013

Great Glass from Great Britain

Whitefriars Glass situated on Fleet Street in London (est. 1680) was a storied factory from England, existed for centuries, and at one point was called James Powell and Sons. Early on, the company was best known for making the stain glass for churches. In the 19th century they were innovators in creating scientific applications for glass such as x-ray tubes and light bulbs. This piece dates from the 1960s when the company tried to compete with the popularity of Italian and Scandinavian glass by producing mass appeal decorative items for the home. This rare vase has a kind of bark texture. The color reminds me of a tall frothy glass of root beer.
12" x 7"

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