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Post by Nic March 26th 2009, 5:02 pm

Whitefriars Glass, as many collectors are starting to realise, had a wealth of beautiful and well-crafted designs under their belt before the now (over-)familiar Geoffrey Baxter 'textured' range came out in the mid/late 1960s.

This is one of my favourite WF pieces in my collection - a quite rare 13" 8266 Dark Blue Tinted & Threaded on Sea Green bowl, designed by Barnaby Powell in 1930.

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Post by Pip March 26th 2009, 6:23 pm

wow - gorgeous!

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Post by Nic March 26th 2009, 7:32 pm

It caught my eye at an antiques fair so much that I decided to forsake a few pieces of dirt-cheap Holmegaard and some under-priced early Baxter pieces to be able to afford it.

But well worth it, I think.
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Post by Nic March 26th 2009, 7:37 pm

9053 controlled bubble inkwell in Flint, designed by William Wilson in 1937, and produced 1938-1949.

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Post by Nic May 19th 2009, 9:15 am

M2 Sea Green 2pt Jug by James Hogan, designed in 1933:



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M10 Twilight 2pt Jug by William Wilson designed in 1934 (introduced in Twilight 1957):





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M10 Tumbler by William Wilson, designed 1940. Sea Green and Twilight:


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Post by Pip June 7th 2009, 10:18 am

A ruby ribbon trailed tumbler vase (pattern no 8886) designed originally in the early 1930s by Barnaby Powell for Whitefriars but only produced in ruby glass from 1940 to 1966.

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Post by Pip June 9th 2009, 9:43 am

1957 Whitefriars Ruby & Clear bubble encased vase with pulled Up rim, pattern 9433.

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Post by Nic August 10th 2009, 3:46 pm

Pattern 9296 in Golden Amber. Produced 1949 - 1960:

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Post by Nic November 16th 2009, 7:37 pm

As above, in Ruby. Produced during the same dates:

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Pattern 9295 vase in Sea Green, illustrated only in the 1949 - 1950 catalogues:

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Pattern 9313 large bowl in Sea Green, diameter 205mm / 8". Produced 1949 - 1957:

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As above, but small size, diameter 105mm / 4.5":

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Post by Nic April 17th 2010, 11:56 am

Pattern 9471 miniature posy vases, designed by William Wilson, c.1957.

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Post by NaomiM October 8th 2012, 1:37 pm

Optic jug, grey-green tint.
Polished pontil mark.
7" high

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Post by RVsaid March 16th 2013, 7:54 am

Full photo - https://i.servimg.com/u/f75/17/72/28/78/p1030421.jpg

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Post by CMC March 18th 2013, 6:31 pm

Hi, looks like pattern number 9381 quite scarce most were diamond moulded some wave ribbed. Golden amber, sea green, sapphire ruby and twilight......

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Post by Davee March 24th 2013, 11:27 pm

9030 in Amethyst

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Post by CMC March 26th 2013, 11:46 am

Surprised no follow up comment pretty sure this your vase?

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Post by RVsaid March 26th 2013, 6:16 pm

Hi Chris, sorry yes you are spot on. Many thanks
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Post by Redware December 5th 2013, 1:04 pm

I have recently found this ruby red vase with controlled air inclusions. Thought it may be Whitefriars. I have found similar vase in their catalogue from 1949 : http://www.whitefriars.com/catalogues/contents.php?id=10381 , it looks like Whitefriars introduced similar colour at that stage as well. 9'' in diameter and 4'' tall.

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Post by Jeffingtons December 7th 2013, 1:40 am

Whitefriars.com is probably the place to confirm your assessment.
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Post by JoFish December 7th 2013, 12:56 pm

True, they know there stuff on Whitefriars.com especially with the more obscure pieces. However, checking your link to the catalogue I think you are spot on.

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Post by Redware December 7th 2013, 2:08 pm

The dimensions seems to be right as well (24cm in diameter) but I'll post it to Whitefriars.com as there seem to be quite a few copies of Whitefriars around.
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Post by JoFish December 7th 2013, 6:59 pm

There are three designs which have been copied, the drunken bricklayer (small not large), onion vase and hooped vase. These are actual copies - possibly made with the intention to deceive, though some of the colours are just not like those of Whitefriars. All three are vases from the textured ranges of the 60s and 70s.

Many glassworks have made items similar to each other, no surprise as they all sell in the same marketplace and try to produce wares that people will actually buy. Geoffrey Baxters textured designs could be said to have been inspired by Scandinavian production of the period but they are not what I would call copies. No designer works in a vacuum. Frank Thrower at Dartington reworked many traditional English shapes and gave them a modern twist as well as taking inspiration from successful Scandinavian factories.

The problem with the Whitefriars name is just that every man and his dog labels any old bit of glass with it. The advantage that the Whitefriars collector has is that the factories production is very well documented.

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Post by denbydump July 4th 2020, 10:36 am

A large ribbon trailed vase No. 9098 in sapphire blue. Height 10 in.
Designed by Barnaby Powell 1935/36.

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Post by denbydump August 20th 2020, 2:27 pm

Redware wrote:I have recently found this ruby red vase with controlled air inclusions. Thought it may be Whitefriars. I have found similar vase in their catalogue from 1949 : http://www.whitefriars.com/catalogues/contents.php?id=10381 , it looks like Whitefriars introduced similar colour at that stage as well. 9'' in diameter and 4'' tall.

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Yes, shape 9116 in ruby, from the 1949 cat.
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