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Written by Simon Thompson, Assistant Manager, Auctioneer & Valuer ASFAV

“At 1818 Auctioneers, we thrive on curating and cataloguing a single-owner collection for sale at auction, whatever the content.

“Whether it’s a collection of fountain pens, jewellery, coins, stamps, or something a little more niche, these collections are not only the product of a lifetime of collecting and passion for a particular field, but for us auctioneers and valuers, they form a unique chance to absorb some of that information and enthusiasm and retain it for the remainder of our careers.

“Being trusted to deal with these sales brings added responsibility. We must process the items correctly, ultimately give them the attention they deserve, and do them justice. Sometimes, the sheer volume of the collection can be daunting, but it’s a case of taking a breath and diving headlong into it.

“We have worked hard to build our reputation for dealing with collections of all types from single owners. Our latest offering, consigned from the South Lakes area, will appeal to those with an affinity for the renowned and highly collectable Whitefriars Glass and Paperweights.

“As a former non-serious collector, my brain was buzzing with excitement at the prospect. Over a five-week period, I researched and compiled the auction catalogue, checking and double-checking throughout the process until I was happy with the final product and saw paperweights in my sleep.”

Auction details

The A Whitefriars Glass Collection auction is available for viewing online via our website, (Global), Live Auctioneers (USA), and in our salerooms from July 4th until Sunday, July 21st.

Viewing times

10 Jul 2024 10:00 – 14:00 BST
11 Jul 2024 10:00 – 14:00 BST
12 Jul 2024 10:00 – 14:00 BST
17 Jul 2024 10:00 – 14:00 BST
18 Jul 2024 10:00 – 14:00 BST
19 Jul 2024 10:00 – 14:00 BST

Simon’s highlights from the catalogue

A Whitefriars glass ruby red textured coffin vase, designed by Geoffrey Baxter.

View lot 1001
A Whitefriars glass Kingfisher Blue bark textured vase, designed by Geoffrey Baxter.

View lot 1004
A Whitefriars glass cased green Molar/Lobed vase, designed by Geoffrey Baxter.

View lot 1009
A group of four Whitefriars glass vases.

View lot 1028
A Whitefriars glass flint encased bubble over tangerine core conical doorstop with ball capital.

View lot 1058
A mid-19th century Clichy scrambled millefiori glass paperweight.

View lot 1076
A Whitefriars glass PS203 Small Owl paperweight.

View lot 1084
A Whitefriars glass PS207 full lead crystal Small Donkey silhouette paperweight.

View lot 1125
A Whitefriars glass Large Owl at Night PA601 paperweight.

View lot 1129
A rare and striking Whitefriars glass Large Bumble Bee PA600 paperweight.

View lot 1131