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This page shows typical 20th Century examples of the work of this famous English glassworks.

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  • Probably the rarest of the 3 “animal” weights and the most difficult to find. Bundles of blue/white rods and pale-yellow/pink canes form the body; the wings are made of pink-centred white composite canes. The head is a blue/white composite cane, the eyes lilac/white. The canes in the cluster above the insect’s head are found again...

  • The large millefiori owl - introduced in 1979 - was not a limited edition but few were made before the factory closed the following year. The body is composed of pink-centred, white multi-canes, while clusters of fine pale-green rods make up the wings. Large yellow cog canes - filled with tiny individual lilac, pink & white canes - serve as the eyes....

  • Pattern No. 601: a large multi-cane owl, which was first made in 1979. Although an unlimited design, only  a few were made before the factory closed in 1980. The body is made of white & pink complex millefiori canes, the wings of clusters of pale-green tubes. 2 large yellow cog canes - filled with tiny lilac, pink & white canes - make up the...

  • A superb weight with a pale-blue butterfly on a sapphire blue ground within a white/pink meandering garland. The body is composed of pale-blue & pale-lilac bundled rods, the head is made of pink & blue millefiori canes with 2 blue-rod antennae. Each wing contains ca. 30 pale-blue bundled-rod canes; the fore wings have 2 eye-spots (one with pink...

  • A large butterfly set over a light-green ground. Soft watercolour hues lend the insect an etheral quality. The wings are composed of pale-green/yellow millefiori canes with white/pink canes enhancing the tips of each one. Pale-blue & pale-lilac rods form the body; pink, blue & white canes the head. Above the antennae is a cluster of...

  • A large millefiori butterfly from the first year this design was produced. The insect’s body is formed from bundled pale-blue, pale-green, lilac & white rods; the head is shaped from a green & white composite cane with 2 blue rod antennae. White & red composite canes make up both the fore and hind wings - with 2 pink & pale-yellow...

  • A beautiful large butterfly - topped by a Clichy-style pink & white rose. The insect is composed of complex millefiori canes and fine rods in shades of blue, lilac, white, chartreuse and pink. The antennae are made of finely-drawn, lavender-coloured threads. Set on a dark blue ground (appears black !) And cut with a large, circular top window and 5...

  • This beautifully-cut, eye-catching mid-size weight displays 2 multi-cane interlaced trefoils (in pale-green & pale-lilac) over a translucent dark-blue ground. The garlands are looped around pink, white & blue composite canes with a slightly larger cane in the centre. The weight has a fluted top window and 48 mitre cuts - arranged in 3 rows -...

  • Whitefriars made few mid-size weights. This one is centred by a pink & white rose. Surrounding it are yellow “daffodil” canes and pale-pink clusters, enclosed in a meandering white garland. The ground is a translucent pale-green. A “mirror-inverted” blue/white 1979 signature/date cane is incorporated in the garland. (Original gold factory label).  

  • A mid-size, domed weight, which, although neither signed nor dated, must have been made as a “trial” for the “leaf canes” in the 1979 Christmas weight - The Partridge in a Pear Tree. The different-sized leaves each contain between approx. 40 and 60 tiny corrugated rods in various shades of green. Set over an opaque black ground.The underside shows the...

  • Whitefriars seldom made medium-size weights - in fact, the few there are, were probably trials. This one is centred by a pink & white rose surrounded by 6 yellow “daffodil” canes and 6 pairs of blue canes. Incorporated in the looped pink & white multi-cane garland encircling the design, is a blue/white 1978 signature/date cane. The...

  • A medium size panelled weight with lavender, pink, blue & white complex millefiori canes separated by 5 lace twists which radiate out from a centre cluster of blue/white canes & blue/pink tubes over a translucent cobalt-blue colour ground. 5 + 1 faceting.Signed with a blue/white 1978 date cane. Typical Whitefriars base with a groove between the...

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