Thursday, 24 January 2013

Pottery from Moorcroft

February's special auctions will see a number of exciting items being auctioned with William Moorcroft's pottery being the highlights in the British & Continental Ceramics, Silver & Glass auction on Tuesday the 5th at 10.30am.

Born in Burslem, Staffordshire, William Moorcroft was a well-known English potter, who, after studying art at Burslem, London and Paris, experimented with his own designs, creating Aurelian Ware. This particular pottery was partially decorated with transfers and painted by hand. He was employed by James Macintyre & Co. Ltd who put Moorcroft in control of the company's art pottery studio after 1 year.

His first innovative design was the Florian Ware. He succeeded in developing highly lustred glazes and used oriental shapes and decorations which led him to develop this award winning range that boasts a radiance of colour with heavy slip and a translucent glaze. A lot of Moorcrofts pottery was sold through Liberty & Co and Tiffany in New York

Following on with his success and the closure of his studio in Macintyre & Co. Ltd, Moorcroft set up his own factory at Cobridge in 1913 and the business thrived. His reputation was further enhanced when Queen Mary made him "Potter to the Queen," which was stamped on the pottery, giving it a royal warranty. 

We are extremely lucky to have the following Moorcroft 'hot lots' going under the hammer in our British & Continental Ceramics, Silver & Glass auction.

Lot 150: estimate £1500-2000.
The colours are stunning on this large Moorcroft ‘Moonlit Blue’ pattern Baluster Vase … circa 1920, with impressed marks and signed in green to the base, 27.5cm high.

Lot 149: estimate £1500-2000.
This Moorcroft for Macintyre Florian Ware three handle vase with tube-lined designs painted in shades of blue, green, and pink on a cream ground with poppies and forget-me-nots, 25cm high is one not to be missed in the upcoming auction.

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