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  • Description

    Bowl; clear glass; shallow.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1880-1920 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 11.1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See also 1991,0703.1-20
    Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', revised ed. 1994, no. 419.
    For information about James Powell & Sons and Whitefriars Glass see J. Rudoe 1991, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', Cat, 234-43 and 349.
    J. Rudoe 1994, revised ed. of 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', says that Cat. nos. 409-22 were acquired from Harry Powell's grand-daughter Dr Audrey Baker. They were his own table glasses, many of which he designed himself and have remained in the family since his death in 1922. In common with most Powell glass, none of these pieces is marked, and so the provenance is of particular significance.


  • Bibliography

    • Rudoe 1994 419 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    Audrey Baker(b.1908) is the granddaughter of Harry Powell(1853-1922); she inherited the glass from her mother who inherited it from Harry Powell, who ran the firm from 1874 until his death.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Vase; clear glass; squat, globular shape with diamond-pattern moulding.

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Vase; clear glass; squat, globular shape with diamond-pattern moulding.

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