Friday, 10 June 2011


Two rare 19th Century vases, produced by one of Britain's most renowned designers, will go under the hammer in Glasgow this month.

The Florian vases, lot 1054, which were part of William Moorcroft's first range of tableware, are expected to fetch up to £5000 at the British & Continental Ceramics sale being held at McTear's Auctioneers on Thursday, June 16th.

Standing 22cm high, the blue and white vases were painted entirely by hand and the Florian pattern is outlined using a technique made famous by Moorcroft called tube lining.

Commenting on the sale, Brian Clements from McTear's said: "William Moorcroft's work is highly regarded around the world with museums, including the Victoria & Albert in London, housing pieces in their permanent collections. His attention to detail and passion for his craft are clear to see in all his pottery which he personally oversaw being made. We expect there will be a great deal of interest in the two vases which will be sold together as a pair."

The British & Continental Ceramics & Glass, Silver & Objects of Art sale will take place at McTear's, Meiklewood Gate, Glasgow on Thursday, June 16th

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