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love online - gems from the past

Over many decades, Moorcroft has introduced design gems which show the meaning of love through a designer’s eyes.  It can be love within a family: love of the town in which you live: weddings or even simple colour like Ruby.  These designs are timeless and those available for Valentine’s Day 2017 are the only pieces still around for Moorcroft to sell – the last of their kind to find a good home

 

Designer: Emma Bossons FRSANEVER BEFORE - VASE: 80/6

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Date of Introduction: 2012.

Marks: Trial 7.11.2011, Tubeliner: Caroline Hulme, Painter: Julie Dolan

A gentle, structured image from Emma showing a soft pink peony flower designed with lovers in mind.

RRP: £375


Designer: Emma Bossons FRSACOPTHALL LANE - VASE: 7/5

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Date of Introduction: 2009.

Marks: Trial 25.02.2009, Tubeliner: Gill Johnson, Painter: Sharon Austin

First launched in the historic, medieval market town of Thaxted, Copthall Lane was an instant success. Once an old fashioned lovers lane, it actually passed the famous Walnut Tree Meadow on its journey into the East Anglian countryside. Stylised red poppies are the hallmark image on Copthall Lane, whilst the tie between Thaxted and Moorcroft is still strong with no less than 3 special events planned for 2017 in the town. Two of these are in the Church where Gustav Holst composed the hymn “I vow to thee my country” and the other in the town’s 600 year old Guildhall.

RRP: £570


Designer: Kerry GoodwinLA FAMILLE - VASE: 38/14

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Date of Introduction: 2009.

Marks: Trial 30.01.2008, Tubeliner: Alison Edwards, Painter: Sharon Austin

A glorious design in the style of the great Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with linework, colour and images all coming together to make something very special indeed. Love is often born within a family and Kerry’s masterpiece will touch us all. A tall, slender vase, La Famille tells us of love through the mind of a Moorcroft designer inspired by one of the great men of his age.

RRP: £583

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Designer: Emma Bossons FRSAALLEGRO FLAME - VASE: 372/8

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Date of Introduction: 2004.

Marks: No 74, Signed Emma Bossons, Tubeliner: Heidi Simon, Painter: Bev Wilkes

Scarlet poppies are used to weave love into a structured design of great beauty. Allegro Flame is a favourite design of many Moorcroft enthusiasts. Designs of the calibre of Allegro Flame do not happen often in any part of the world of the Applied Arts.

RRP: £775

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Designer: Rachel BishopAFRICAN BRIDE - VASE: 80/12

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Date of Introduction: 2007.

Marks: Trial 19.09.2006, Tubeliner: Gill Johnson, Painter: Sue Pointon

African Bride is a generous vase and follows the traditional Florian style initiated by William Moorcroft (founder of Moorcroft), in the early years of the last century. White flowers with red/orange stamens are framed, as are buds, in sweeping linework, which reaches to the rim of the vase itself. A classic of its kind.

RRP: £1,320


Date of Introduction: 2001.

Marks: Trial 11.04.2001, Tubeliner: Marie Penkethman, Painter: Emma Bossons

Said by many to have been one of the finest designs ever to carry the Moorcroft label, Himalayan Honeysuckle melds gravitas and beauty together in a way seldom achieved in ceramic art. Radiant purple, orange and white flecked with red flowers wind their way from the base to the rim of this remarkable vase, twisting and turning with delicate leaves and stems as they do so. However, it is the black ground colour which adds drama to a design already ranking among the best ever to emerge from Moorcroft.

RRP: £2,360


Designer: Nicola SlaneySATIN FLOWER - VASE: 292/8

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Date of Introduction: 2009.

Marks: Trial, Painter: Sue Barnsley

An elegant, twin-handled double gourd vase with a flared rim, Satin Flower, is a remarkable piece of work. Suggestive of weddings, it commands attention wherever it is placed. Nicola is essentially a designer who counts blue as her favourite colour, but Satin Flower is an exception to a general rule. If red is the colour of love, then Nicola has achieved her goal.

RRP: £865


Date of Introduction: 2010.

Marks: Trial 22.04.2009, Tubeliner: Alison Neale, Painter: Paul Hilditch

Harbours, boats, flags and quayside cottages all combine to create one of the more unusual designs to emerge from Moorcroft in recent years. Nicola has three young daughters and her artwork must have been accompanied by a knowing smile. It is a joyous piece of work designed to make you smile as you recall the tune of the song “All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor”.

RRP: £945


Designer: Beverley WilkesAVIGNON - VASE: 158/8

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Date of Introduction: 2009.

Marks: Trial 25.06.2009, Tubeliner: Gill Johnson, Painter: Bev Wilkes

One of the Avignon vases, lives happily in a house not far from Avignon and its famous bridge. Avignon was always a Moorcroft vase to be tracked down, put in a prominent position in someone’s home and loved for what it is – fine ceramic art. The poppies are there, of course, as are the white houses and their terracotta pan-tiled rooves. You can recall the sound of the Pont d’Avignon song just by looking at a remarkable Moorcroft landscape. Avignon lives up to its name.

RRP: £793

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Designer: Rachel BishopRUBY - VASE: 80/9

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Date of Introduction: 2012.

Marks: Trial 26.11.2005, Tubeliner: Marie Penkethman, Painter: Hayley Moore

Classic imagery from Senior Designer, Rachel Bishop, whose ingenuity in recreating familiar images with a new twist each time, is a hallmark feature of an experienced designer who understands her craft. Yes, you have red poppies once more, all of them embraced in loose structure of leaves and buds, but somehow the Ruby Red vase, take you on a short journey where light and darkness are a new dimension. A ‘must have’ vase.

RRP: £820

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the birth of spring

Part of the heritage of Moorcroft has been the attention given to the birth of Spring and the fine pieces designed to celebrate its arrival. With only one each of the posted pieces remaining at Moorcroft the time has come to say goodbye to old friends at the Moorcroft Works and release them into history.

Designer: Nicola Slaneyspring lullaby - VASE: 81/14

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Date of Introduction: 2010.

Marks: Trial 15.02.2010, Tubeliner: Alison Edwards, Painter: Amanda Baker

Meadow clover in shades of burgundy and shy, hidden daisies, rise from the ground to rock gently among meadow grasses on this significant Moorcroft vase. Spring Lullaby is an appropriate name for a design created by the mother of three little girls. With flowers growing out of dark earth, they reach upwards to a clear sky telling the world to wake up. Spring has arrived!

RRP: £920


Designer: Emma Bossons FRSAbutterfly - VASE: 158/8

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Date of Introduction: 2012.

Marks: Trial 30.07.2009, Tubeliner: Marie Penkethman, Painter: Amanda Baker

From the designer who transformed Moorcroft butterflies from insects with chunky, stone-like wings into the delicate, brilliantly coloured creatures that they are today. On an ivory vase, Emma’s butterflies are blue, flying among slender grasses on a warm, late spring day. Decoration on the inside rim is an inspired bonus for Moorcroft connoisseurs.

RRP: £775


Designer: Emma Bossons FRSAGolden jubilee - jug: ju1

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Date of Introduction: 2001.

Marks: Tubeliner: Alicia Amison, Painter: Sylvia Evans, Golden Jubilee Backstamp 2000

To mark Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, Emma designed a small collection of that name. Flamboyant daffodils stand proud against a firm, dark blue ground. A piece from the Golden Jubilee Collection was accepted by Her Majesty as a gift from the workforce at Moorcroft in 2001.

RRP: £720


Designer: Nicola Slaneyalpine meadow - VASE: 03/4

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Date of Introduction: 2004.

Marks: No 427, Tubeliner: Linda Hammond, Painter: Louise Edwards

First introduced in 2004, on a different shape, Alpine Meadow was a limited edition of 150 pieces which sold out in 48 hours. Seven years later, the design was re-offered on a different and smaller shape and over a short period thereafter was received with equal enthusiasm. Just one example of this tiny vase remains, its delicate burgundy, blue and white flowers all waiting for a new home.

RRP: £226.50


Designer: Nicola SlaneyLAKELAND GOLD - VASE: 9/12 

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Date of Introduction: 2008.

Marks: No 59/100, signed underglaze Nicola Slaney and in gold Hugh Edwards

Vibrant narcissi in shades of yellow and orange are spread generously around this generous and striking Moorcroft vase. Use of a dark grey/black wash at the base is there to speak of winter’s old earth whilst shades of grey weaken as they rise into a clear Spring sky. Leaves are also important in Lakeland Gold in that they are precursor’s to the narcissi themselves in the real world.

RRP: £1,120


Designer: Emma Bossons FRSAode to silence - VASE: 226/7

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Date of Introduction: 2008.

Marks: Trial 12.02.2008, Tubeliner: Gill Johnson, Painter: Sylvia Evans

A mouse among flowers is a simple subject for a designer, but Emma brings life to her subject which is as colourful as a quiet corner in a quiet garden. Drama is not an essential ingredient in art, but happiness reflects new life in the world. Ode to Silence is pleasing to the eye and the senses.

RRP: £453


Designer: Emma Bossons FRSAthe homemakers - VASE: 87/6

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Date of Introduction: 2014.

Marks: 15.01.2012, Tubeliner: Gill Johnson, Painter: Sharon Austin

Dancing dragonflies link The Homemakers, a design which has both colour and charm. At times, when the last piece come on the market, it is for Moorcroft, an almost sad occasion. A small, trumpet-shaped vase lends itself readily to the designer’s inspiration whilst she contemplates her combination of colour ranging from orange, mustard, blue and aquamarine.

RRP: £580


Designer: Philip Gibsonspring pearl - VASE: 7/7

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Date of Introduction: 2005.

Marks: Trial 03.05.2000, Tubeliner: Marie Penkethman, Painter: Hayley Moore

Colourful crocuses in mustard-yellow, blue and white step forward as lead images in Spring Pearl by former Moorcroft designer, Philip Gibson. There are faint hints of a thin cream wash as the ground colour which sets off the Moorcroft crocuses to perfection, whilst the 7/7 shape has been available for more than nine decades.

RRP: £685


Designer: Rachel Bishopgolden daisy - VASE: 87/9

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Date of Introduction: 2012.

Marks: No 1/75, Painter: Mandy Wood, Signed by Rachel Bishop

A structured design from the Senior Designer at Moorcroft with echoes back to the Florian era at the turn of the last century. Golden daisies encircle this trumpet-shaped vase before lifting themselves over the neck to make an appearance around the inside rim. It is a hard move for most designers, but Rachel also offers blue butterflies as a personal gesture of confidence.

RRP: £920


Date of Introduction: 2000.

Marks: 03.05.2000 Tubeliner: Marie Penkethman Painter: Hayley Moore

Using the same pure white clay body, rare colour palette of heather purple, burgundy, green and yellow just as she used in the runaway success, Alpine Meadow, designer, Nicola Slaney, produced another acclaimed piece of Moorcroft. Heralds of Spring leaves nothing to chance. The linework is clear and unambiguous and the colours a combination of proven quality. History will always embrace Heralds of Spring - a great design of its time.

RRP: £1,104

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