Whitefriars Paperweights

The Whitefriars company was to have a long and storied history in British glassmaking, from the point that James Powell purchased the premises from which he operated in 1834; they did not, however, produce paperweights until almost 100 years after this date, in spite of what you may be led to believe to the contrary

 

Powell participated in the Great Exhibition of 1851, exhibiting alongside the renowned French producers who displayed their own paperweights which immediately became inordinately popular. Other English manufactories – Bacchus, Islington and Richardson, for instance – all embarked upon paperweight production in an effort to claim their share of the market, but Powell & Sons did not immediately follow suit.

 

They did, however, assiduously replicate Venetian glassmaking skills, making much of the ‘Italian revival’ in the last quarter of the 19th century. This included the production of millefiori canes which were incorporated in to vases and jugs, but only on a very limited basis, and still they did not embark on paperweight production – at least, not on a commercial basis.

 

It is not until the 1920’s that there is any evidence of the company producing paperweights (and inkwells) featuring similar canes, but these seem to have been produced sporadically and appear very infrequently in sales catalogues. Any paperweight offered for sale as being of Whitefriars provenance, and dated prior to WWII should be treated with suspicion !

 

Post-war production is, however, a different proposition, and there are many very fine and fully accredited examples for sale, many of which we are pleased to offer for sale. The company utilised their Italian-style skills, and there are several paperweights featuring spiralling latticino tapes and bullicante-type bubble inclusions, alongside conventional millefiori canes, and far more complicated versions which were used to build up images (notably, one of an owl).

 

Whitefriars glassmaking heritage also stood them in good stead with regard to glass-cutting technology, and there are some exquisitely-facetted paperweights and others with broad ‘windows’ to accentuate the content of the globes.

 

Ultimately, though, just four years short of the 150th anniversary of Powell’s initial purchase, the company ceased trading – literally – in all but name, as the rights to use both that and the ‘hooded monk’ signature canes were acquired by Caithness Glass, who proceeded to produce many thusly-identified paperweights under licence for the next twenty five years.

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A Whitefriars Closepack Concentric  Facet Cut Domed Paperweight 1972

A Whitefriars Closepack Concentric Facet Cut Domed Paperweight 1972

A Whitefriars Closepack Concentric Facet Cut Domed Paperweight 1972

£160.00

A Whitefriars Multicoloured Millefiori Concentric Facetted Paperweight 1978

A Whitefriars Multicoloured Millefiori Concentric Facetted Paperweight 1978

A Whitefriars Multicoloured Millefiori Concentric Facetted Paperweight 1978

£170.00

A Whitefriars Tall Cylinder Millefiori Faceted Paperweight 1977

A Whitefriars Tall Cylinder Millefiori Faceted Paperweight 1977

A Whitefriars Tall Cylinder Millefiori Faceted Paperweight 1977

£190.00

A Whitefriars Multifaceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight 1971

A Whitefriars Multifaceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight 1971

A Whitefriars Multifaceted Concentric Millefiori Paperweight 1971

£160.00

A Whitefriars Compex Cane Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Paperweight 1977

A Whitefriars Compex Cane Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Paperweight 1977

A Whitefriars Compex Cane Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Paperweight 1977

£100.00

A Whitefriars Millefiori Faceted Paperweight 1974

A Whitefriars Millefiori Faceted Paperweight 1974

A Whitefriars Millefiori Faceted Paperweight

£225.00

A Whitefriars Caithness Alan Scott Lampwork Orchid Spray Paperweight  1995

A Whitefriars Caithness Alan Scott Lampwork Orchid Spray Paperweight 1995

A Whitefriars Caithness Alan Scott Lampwork Orchid Spray Paperweight 1995

£250.00

A Colin Terris Whitefriars Concentric Milefiori Paperweight 1982

A Colin Terris Whitefriars Concentric Milefiori Paperweight 1982

A Whitefriars Concentric Milefiori Paperweight 1982

£120.00

A Whitefriars Caithness Allan Scott Hellebore Lampwork Paperweight 73/100 2004

A Whitefriars Caithness Allan Scott Hellebore Lampwork Paperweight 73/100 2004

A Whitefriars Caithness Allan Scott Hellebore Lampwork Paperweight 73/100 from 2004. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£250.00

A Whitefriars Spring Florette Paperweight 1998

A Whitefriars Spring Florette Paperweight 1998

A Whitefriars Spring Florette paperweight from 1998. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£135.00

A Whitefriars Concentric Facet Cut Paperweight 1974

A Whitefriars Concentric Facet Cut Paperweight 1974

A Whitefriars concentric facet cut paperweight from 1994. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£155.00

A Whitefriars Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Whitefriars Concentric Millefiori Paperweight c1950

A Whitefriars concentric millefiori paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£130.00

A Whitefriars Facet Cut Close Pack Paperweight c1970

A Whitefriars Facet Cut Close Pack Paperweight c1970

A Whitefriars facet cut close pack paperweight paperweight from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£110.00

A Rare Whitefriars Spaced Millefiori Facet Cut Paperweight 1980

A Rare Whitefriars Spaced Millefiori Facet Cut Paperweight 1980

A Whitefriars spaced millefiori facet cut paperweight from 1980. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

A Whitefriars Caithness Snow Crystal Paperweight 1981

A Whitefriars Caithness Snow Crystal Paperweight 1981

A Whitefriars Caithness snow crystal paperweight from 1981. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£80.00

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