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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: Vicky LovattBlack nose valois: Jug - ju3

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 4.5.17

RRP: £615

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Designer: Nicola SlaneyCarey the crow: ginger jar - 769/6

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 5.5.17

RRP: £670

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Designer: Alicia Amisoncherry blossom: vase - 46/10

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 1.5.17

RRP: £720

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Designer: Rachel Bishopdaffodil: vase - 152/5

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 1.5.17

RRP: £680

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Designer: Vicky Lovattminack: vase - 121/14

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 3.5.17

RRP: £1340

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Designer: Vicky Lovattmistlethrush: ginger jar - 769/6

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 5.5.17

RRP: £850

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Designer: Rachel BishopRyden lane: vase - 85/11

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 8.5.17

RRP: £675

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Designer: Rachel Bishopsnakeshead: vase - 72/6

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 3.5.17

RRP: £325

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Designer: Vicky Lovatttiny houses: vase - 55/3

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 2.5.17

RRP: £235

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Designer: Emma Bossons FRSAunity: plaq - PLQ3

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 4.5.17

RRP: £370

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Designer: Vicky Lovattwild orchid: vase - 92/6

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 3.5.17

RRP: £380

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Designer: Nicola Slaneyblackwell: plaque - plq11

Rarity: Only 2 made in this colour-way

Markings: Trial 2.5.17

RRP: £260

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Designer: Rachel BishopLily Pad - Tray: 780/4

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Rarity: 1 of only 3 made

Rare designs in the daily life of an art pottery like Moorcroft are seldom planned. They simply tend to happen, and even when they happen, just occasionally, they slip away between the floorboards and remain forgotten, sometimes for decades. Lily Pad carries the date mark for 1993, the first year of Rachel Bishop as sole designer at Moorcroft. The flamboyant Rachel lilies are instantly identifiable and no doubt almost ready to take their final shape and reappear in her famous Lamia design in April 1995. The frog is sunning itself on a lily pad painted by the legendary Moorcroft artist, Wendy Mason. Wendy only ever painted three Lily Pad coasters and for what purpose is lost in the mists of time. On offer, in one of the three pieces ever made and itself rescued from a damp cardboard box in the Moorcroft cellars almost a quarter of a century later. Rare by number: rare by design: rare by painting, the 1993 Lily Pad takes its place among other distinguished Designs of Rarity.

RRP: £315


Designer: Nicola Slaneychalk hill blues - vase: 33/3

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Marks: Trial 27.4.17

Rarity: Only 2 produced in this colourway

It is rare for an experienced Moorcroft designer such as Nicola Slaney to move outside her more familiar world of stylised images and into the more obvious realm of landscape design. The designer lifts us to a quiet village somewhere in the British countryside with its small, secluded cottages. The male Chalk Hill Blues now take on a different guise as they flutter like lace above the black and white landscape whilst Chalk Hill becomes a place of chalky hues.

RRP: £460


 

Designer: Rachel Bishopimogen - vase: 85/11

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Marks: Trial 28.4.17

Rarity: Only 2 produced in this colourway

Rachel simply considered one line to interpret Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in her own contribution to the bard’s 400th anniversary celebrations in 2016. Interestingly, the Globe’s theatre production of Cymbeline was ‘renamed and reclaimed’ as part of Emma Rice's inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe. The play was re-titled Imogen to highlight the role of Cymbeline's daughter. Emma explained ‘It makes a huge amount of sense. Imogen speaks three times more lines than Cymbeline so it really is her story. We are saying women have a strong narrative in these plays.’ This is all a far cry from Shakespeare’s time where all parts were played by men. Imogen is as dramatic as its namesake in a muted monochrome palette.

RRP: £370


Designer: Vicky Lovattking charles spaniels - vase: 41/4

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Marks: Trial 26.4.17

Rarity: Only 2 produced in this colourway

This unreleased design wonderfully captures the personalities of adored pets to many, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. With silky smooth coats, characterful little faces and wagging tails, the spaniels trotting around Vicky’s design really do appear to have their own personalities as they each carry a different (but equally-prized) sock within their jaws! Known for their snowy white colour with patches of tan, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, it seems, also look rather fetching in black and white.

RRP: £410


Designer: Vicky LovattHAWKMOTH - VASE: 104/9

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Marks: Trial 7.4.17

Rarity: Only 2 produced in this colourway

The Moorcroft designer experimented with her new Hawkmoth design by creating just two trials in black and white before moving on to the final version with a full colour palette which showed the nectar-loving moth in attractive shades of pink, olive green and heather purple. The two black and white prototypes of Vicky’s Hawkmoth pattern are streamlined in appearance and hang together in close-knit foliage to create an intricate weave of linework in shades of the night.

RRP: £920


Designer: Vicky LovattLIONSHIELD - VASE: 226/7

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Marks: Trial 10.4.17

Rarity: Only 2 produced in this colourway

The search for the best possible way to enchant us by creating a magical forest of toadstools have been worked on Moorcroft for more than a century. Lionshield is a rare, solitary toadstool which feeds off dark forest floors. Just occasionally it is found in small groups, thereby making the toadstool itself almost as rare as the Moorcroft designer’s two black and white prototype vases.

RRP: £495


Designer: Vicky LovattLIONSHIELD - VASE: 25/9

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Marks: Design Trial 10.4.17

Rarity: Only 2 produced in this colourway

 ‘With clarity comes certainty of understanding’, is a saying often heard in the Moorcroft Design Studio. The designer has moved on from her original 226/7 prototype to the ever-popular 25/9 shape, but still concentrating on linework for clarity and not colour. Colour has been side-lined, and in so doing, Vicky has created a haunting Lionshield image in black and white. Soon, the rare solitary toadstools will emerge from their cool, damp home and open up to appear just as their designer commands. Lonely prototypes for a solitary funghi, but firmly rare art in the making.

RRP: £715


 

Marks: Trial 10.4.17

Rarity: Only 2 produced in this colourway

Black and white prototypes of William Moorcroft’s early Florian pieces are exceedingly rare, but in c1900, William only had three metallic oxide colours available.  117 years later, designer, Vicky, had many more colours to work with, but on this occasion she pushed them all to one side to enable her to perfect the design on a square, lidded Moorcroft box with elegant strap handles.  In this way, Vicky was free to concentrate on the linework necessary to show a crescent moon with pure white daisies gazing upwards into a night sky.  The result is an extraordinarily rare design in simple black and white, just as old father William might well have dreamed up back in 1900 when he produced black and white prototypes himself.

RRP: £660


 

Marks: Trial 5.4.17, Tubeliner: Sarah Wild, Painter: Julie Dolan

Rarity: Only 2 plaques made

A second experimental design by Nicola Slaney, this time selecting her second road into her creative world yet carrying with her similar linework and colours to those used in an equally rare design, White Thistle. Three ambiguous white tulips are linked together by tiny red flower buds on twisting stems. The design is close to her final decision and Dancing White Tulips is the designer’s last move.

RRP: £535

1 piece has now SOLD, so only 1 now available


 

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