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DESIGNS OF RARITY

Here you will discover a selection of our Designs of Rarity, each one special and rare. Pieces will come and go, inevitably rarely available for long, so time is of the essence when you see a design that you desire, as it may disappear in Moorcroft’s historical archives before too long. Designs of Rarity will include designers’ trials, very small limited editions, original designers’ watercolours, flambé painted pieces recreating the red colour palette of yesteryear and unique connoisseurs’ pieces, in some cases with only one of each piece in existence.

 

Designer: Nicola SlaneyASCENSION: VASE - 82/16

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Rarity: Only 2 made

Markings: Trial & Date

RRP: £945

 

Nicola Slaney, was recently invited to create an exclusive vase for Liberty & Co. in London. With its Tudor-revival frontage and beautiful wood-carved interior, the building inspired Nicola who immediately took pen to paper. Drawing upon the intricate blossom and pomegranate detail of the wood-carved staircase, Nicola wrapped the luscious fruits, with inviting seeds, around her vase. Scattered with delicate four-leaved flowers and tendrils of foliage, Ascension plays testimony to an Aladdin’s cave of treasures, riches, artworks and creations. This Design of Rarity is brought to us upon an alternative shape to Nicola’s original piece. This design is only one of two pieces available and both are marked accordingly on the base.


Designer: Vicky Lovattlost time: clock - CL1

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Rarity: Only 2 made

Markings: Trial & Date

RRP: £245

 

Moorcroft celebrates 100 years of Walter Moorcroft in 2017 and to mark the occasion, designers have sought inspiration from the Walter Moorcroft design archive. Vicky Lovatt paid homage to numerous leaf designs of the past including Poplar and Chestnut, but spun them into a contemporary mantel clock design. This Design of Rarity differs to the original in its painterly colouration and also the ivory clay ground. This design is only one of two pieces available and both are marked accordingly on the base.


Designer: Kerry Goodwinfirst feathers: vase - 72/6

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Rarity: Only 2 made

Markings: Trial & Date

RRP: £490

 

The peacock feather, became an icon of the Aesthetic style. Its use as a motif confirmed Aestheticism's reputation for decadence, and whilst William Moorcroft’s designs were always entirely original, there is no doubt he catered for, or was at least was influenced by, the artistic movements of his day. Symbolism aside, the deep blues, greens and golds of a peacock feather with its intricate wisps made it the perfect subject on which to apply his limited selection of metallic oxide colours. Taken from The Washington Trio, First Feathers now appears as a small vase. This design is only one of two pieces available and both are marked accordingly on the base.


Designer: Rachel Bishoprambling rose: vase - 121/14

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Rarity: Only 2 made

Markings: Trial & Date

RRP: £875

 

Rachel’s iconic grasp on broad floral designs is evident once again. With a bounty of soft petals unfurling from her roses, this design showcases a wonderful harmony between the natural world and design. Wild and unkempt, these rose sit between careful boundaries of Art Nouveau-style linework. Bold colours of cherry and navy help this Design of Rarity to stand proud. This design is only one of two pieces available and both are marked accordingly on the base.


Designer: Nicola Slaneyviola: vase - M1/3

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Rarity: Only 2 made

Markings: Trial & Date

RRP: £260

 

The spreading evergreen perennial takes centre-stage in a small but wholesome pot. Delicate hints of indigo melt from the outside of the petals inwards to meet a lemony centre. The design backdrop sees a classic graduation from ivory to deep Moorcroft blue. This design is only one of two pieces available and both are marked accordingly on the base.


 

Designer: Vicky LovattPURRING: ginger jar - 769/4

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Rarity: Only 3 made

Markings: Trial & Date

RRP: £295

 

Vicky is an artist whose eye for the unconventional, the humorous and the quirky, can often be found in her designs. Vicky is also a self-professed cat lady and her adoration of feline friends is wonderfully told in Purring. Absolutely adorable in its naive simplicity, Purring features the outline of happy cats, webbed into diamonds and hearts and was created especially for the ’30 Years of the Moorcroft Club’ collection in May. A select palette of red, pink and purple makes this design literally pop from its surroundings on two alternative shapes, a Moorcroft ginger jar.


Designer: Vicky Lovattpurring: mug - MU2

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Rarity: Only 2 made

Markings: Trial & Date

RRP: £215

 

Vicky is an artist whose eye for the unconventional, the humorous and the quirky, can often be found in her designs. Vicky is also a self-professed cat lady and her adoration of feline friends is wonderfully told in Purring. Absolutely adorable in its naive simplicity, Purring features the outline of happy cats, webbed into diamonds and hearts and was created especially for the ’30 Years of the Moorcroft Club’ collection in May. A select palette of red, pink and purple makes this design literally pop from its surroundings on an alternative shape, a Moorcroft mug.

 


 

 

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