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Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956):
Sheet of Coffeepot and Jug Designs, 1930
Unmounted (ref: 7756)
Signed, inscribed: 'glass'
Pencil, pen and wash on thin paper
29 7/8 x 19 5/8 in. (76 x 50 cm)
Provenance: Edgar Peacock; Edgar Horns, Eastbourne, 20 sept 2000
Literature: Frank Brangwyn, A Mission to Decorate Life, Liss Fine Art, The Fine Art Society, text by Libby Horner, cat176, page 177.
Brangwyn’s designs for glassware, probably dated circa 1929-30, included tumblers, wine glasses, fruit bowls and decanters. Four designs forwine glasses, two decanters with stopper, a plain jug with cover and aclaret jug were produced by James Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) for the 1930 Pollard exhibition. Unfortunately no pieces are known to have survived, but since the glass is not marked or signed in any way, it may bepossible that Brangwyn glassware exists but has not been recognized as such, or may have been attributed to Philip Webb or Thomas GrahamJackson, whose designs Brangwyn emulated.
This rare original drawing, along with a small group left by Brangwyn to his house keeper Lizzie Peacock, remain the only documentary evidence of Brangwyns collaboration with Powell.
We are grateful to Dr Libby Horner for assistance.