Geoffrey Baxter 'Sunspot' Suncatcher
Geoffrey Baxter 'Sunspot' Suncatcher
Rare Whitefriars modernist British glass suncatcher 1970s by Geoffrey Baxter
Geoffrey Baxter Whitefriars sun suncatcher 'Sunspot' yellow british modernist glass
Vintage British modernist glass suncatcher by Geoffrey Baxter for Whitefriars England 1970s
Modernist rare British mid century modern glass suncatcher designed by Geoffrey Baxter for Whitefriars
Detail of Sunspot yellow glass suncatcher Whitefriars
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Detail of Whitefriars Geoffrey Baxter suncatcher
Geoffrey Baxter 'Sunspot' Suncatcher
Whitefriars yellow sun suncatcher glass disk British Modernist glass

Geoffrey Baxter 'Sunspot' Suncatcher

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A yellow glass suncatcher designed by Geoffrey Baxter for Whitefriars, England, 1972.

Glass suncatchers are generally believed to originate from South America, and were intended to harness the sun's positive energy, reflecting light around the home in flecks of colour. As western culture of the 1960's became more interested in alternative ways of living, objects from, or inspired by, world cultures became increasingly desirable additions to the home. 

Coloured glass suncatchers were especially popular in Scandinavian countries, and the majority of similar examples were produced by numerous Nordic manufacturers. Unusually, our example was produced in London.

Geoffrey Baxter's suncatcher consists of a large, bright yellow glass disk with a stylised primordial 'sun' face, impressed into the glass. The clean, simple lines of the illustration are reminiscent of ancient chalk carvings found around the United Kingdom. The yellow suncatcher, intended to be hung in a window, includes a metal chain.

Geoffrey Baxter was an important figure in the history of Modernist British glass, best known for his brightly coloured, boldy textured work for Whitefriars. The 'Sunspot' suncatcher, found in the 1972 catalogue, is a particularly rare design.

Name: Sunspot

Designer: Geoffrey Baxter

Manufacturer: Whitefriars

Year of Design: 1972

Dates Produced: C. 1972-4

Colour: Yellow

Diameter: 19 cm, Height with chain: 44cm

Condition: Perfect. Minimal signs of age and use. Small air bubble beneath left eye.