Delicate blue-opaline striped Art Nouveau glass vase by James Powell & Sons c1890. The vase is of footed trumpet form with ribbed body and wavy rim. Vertical blue-opaline stripes to body and to foot-rim, giving a very lovely opalescence to the vase. Polished pontil mark to base. The vase is approximately 18 cm in height.

 

In 1834 James Powell (wine merchant and entrepreneur) acquired the Whitefriars Glass Company. Powell and his sons were newcomers to glass making, but soon acquired the necessary expertise. Successive generations brought further technical innovations as well as a focus on design – influenced by, and in turn, influencing the various British design movements through the latter part of the 19th century and into the 20th century. The 19th century saw the firm forging links with leading Arts and Crafts, and Aesthetic Movement designers as well as being influenced by emerging Art Nouveau styles from Europe. In the years around 1900 Powell glass was being exhibited in leading avant-garde galleries across Europe – being ranked alongside that of Tiffany, Moser and other internationally admired firms as well as being purch