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by Bernard Cavalot on 02/05/09
Whitefriars? tazza, h 7?", w 6?", foot 3?", 10oz 292g, hollow twisted 16-rib stem, merese, lightly fire-polished neat pontil scar. Is it Whitefriars? Date? Pattern number? Designer? See also http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,26161.0.html
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Patrick Hogan04/05/09 Hi Bernard, Yes you did say " Whitefriars " and not Powell................ Your comments on the making are quite correct and it is a possible rare example bearing in mind how easy then can suffer damage. Regards, Patrick.
Thanks, Patrick, but a minor correction, as I said "It's not Whitefriars"! I still associate "Powell" with pompous dealers who charge too much, so don't use it myself. Nor do I agree that it's not well made. It may not be made to the same fine standard as Whitefriar Arts & Crafts glass, but that's quite different. It was made to sell in a specific marketplace, so was successful ? that's what matters.
Patrick Hogan04/05/09 Hi, Bernard took it to the Fair and when I met him his first words were " It is not Powell " Far to heavy and not well made , Thanks for bringing it for us all to see. Patrick.
Steve Leslie02/05/09 Bernard, A lovely piece, and I suspect yes it's Whitefriars, although I can't find a reference. Check Jackson fig50 for a group from the Slade colection which has a very similar piece to yours. The stem on yours though looks the same as the one on the WF goblet I bought a few weeks ago. My suspicion therefore is that yours is a Harry Powell piece based on a Venetian original. If correct, it would date from late 1880's. Other thoughts or opinions welcome !! Cheers, Steve L