A selection of bud vases which are all too frequently advertised on ebay and elsewhere as having been made by Whitefriars. NONE OF THEM ARE WHITEFRIARS. Jack in the Pulpit vases, mostly BY ASEDA OF SWEDEN - some Czech and Swedish bubble based vases. I’ll say it again - none of them are Whitefriars, not even vaguely similar to anything in the Whitefriars catalogues. But because of the bubble treatment, sellers automatically think they are Whitefriars. THEY NEVER ARE!!
Blue? Bubbles? Not always Whitefriars. On the left we have a photo of a beautiful bubbled vase thought to be Swedish (but not confirmed) and on the right, two vases by William Wilson for Whitefriars in Sapphire Blue.
There are many, many Optic ribbed vases from a variety of different manufacturers and are often misdescribed. They come in many shapes and forms, but to my eyes the Whitefriars is quite distinctive, having fewer and more spaced apart ribs and a "softer" appearance, than many of the look-a-likes.
Here are some look-a- likes, mostly Scandinavian in origin.
Above is another Scandinavian Optic ribed vase next to an original Whitefriars on the right Pattern Number 9094.
Above, another Whitefriars original Sea Green Pattern 9094 with label.
The following information on these Tea Light holders was supplied by Michael Bennett archivist of the Old Hall club, which I appreciate very much. These photos are from the Old Hall Collectors' Club archive. Website link: http://www.oldhallclub.co.uk/ The holders in the first pic were originally produced by the Cheltenham Tool Company as part of their 'Lifespan' tableware range, and listed in their catalogue as being "complete with a windlight in Swedish glass". The colours were described as ruby, amber, smoke blue, amethyst. That company was taken over by Old Hall in 1967, which continued to produce them (in a limited range of colours after 1970 ) The trouble started when some blithering idiot had a description published by Miller's Guide to the effect that these holders were designed by Robert Welch and fitted with Whitefriars glass. Sellers on eBay were not slow to take this up, and it's needed a couple of years to stamp out both of these attributions.
Owl paperweights. The one on the left is a labelled Royal Krona. Without the label the Royal Krona is often described as Whitefriars, spot the subtle differences!! The photo on the right is from the Whitefriars catalogues.
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