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Eleven poppy-themed pieces commemorate the centenary
Moorcroft have announced a collection of eleven pieces to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I – the Collection of Remembrance.
With one notable exception, Moorcroft have wisely not chosen to depict ‘The war to end all wars’, but have taken as a common element the flower that we all associate with the battlefields of Flanders and Remembrance Sunday – the Poppy. This simple, elegant flower, with its blood red petals, is used in different ways by each artist, each of whom has created his or her own memorial on an individual pattern.
The exception is Kerry Goodwin’s Lest we Forget, a sensitive and moving evocation of the battlefield, a scarred landscape overlooked by the spirits of the soldiers (see picture, right).
As well as the memorial aspect, the pieces are compelling in their own right – Paul Hilditch’s Ray of Hope on the 92/11 pattern and Emma Bosson’s Walters’s Somme are two outstanding pieces from an excellent collection.
Full descriptions and photos may be found here.
Moorcroft will begin delivery of the Remembrance Collection in early August. Seven of the pieces are in limited editions of sixty or fewer, and demand will certainly outstrip supply, so as ever, if you’re interested in a piece please let me know as soon as possible.
Two attractive new vases and a plaque
Here’s an edited version of Moorcroft’s press release:
The Somerset Wildlife Trust is one of the country's leading environmental voluntary bodies and one which takes delight in restoring battered ecosystems by creating living and lasting landscapes for wildlife.
However the Trust’s efforts would not be possible without the generous support of the public, who raise more than £2 million every year. A trio of bespoke commemorative designs by Emma Bossons marks the Trust’s 50th anniversary, and will also help to raise money towards its conservation goals.
The trio of pieces features three of Somerset’s most precious butterfly species, the Large Blue, the Grizzled Skipper and the Pearl Bordered Fritillary, all fluttering among colourful petals of meadow wildflowers including violets, wild time and cowslips.
43 new pieces to celebrate three great artists
Moorcroft have announced the Three Williams Collection. This wide ranging collection is inspired by the work of three great artists: William Moorcroft, William Morris and William De Morgan.
The collection is unusual for its size (43 pieces) and its variety, with pots ranging from 7cm pieces retailing for £95, to a Prestige Piece at £4890.
I’ve posted all the images Moorcroft have released, along with details and prices. Over the next few days I will have full descriptions of each piece.
We now have a wide selection of the pieces, with more coming in every day. As there's always a lag betwen deliveries and updating the website (only so many hours in the day!), please call or email me if you are looking for a specific piece
Click here for full information on the new range.
Six new pieces by Kerry Goodwin
From Moorcroft’s press release:
“To mark the 125th Anniversary of the formation of the RSPB, Moorcroft was stirred to create something quite special. To achieve this purpose, Moorcroft designer, Kerry Goodwin, created a six-piece limited edition collection called A Homage to British Wildlife.
Hand-made in England from start to finish, this celebratory collection is true to its word, allowing the natural world to shimmer in three dimensional beauty by using a vibrant and cohesive selection of colours nurtured by the world-renowned Arts and Crafts Pottery for more than a hundred years.”
For more details, click here.
Moorcroft adopt new pricing scheme
It’s been a busy few weeks here at the Cotswold Shop.
We have had a large number of the new pieces in, but they barely touched the shelves. Many were pre-ordered, and it's only now, with the second wave of deliveries, that we have pieces to place on the website.
We’re starting to see clear favourites emerge. The elegant palette of Chocolate Cosmos, combined with attractive pricing, has made it very popular among the new ranges. Ruby Red and the Homemakers’ Collection are similarly sought after. Clovelly came in this morning and it's absolutely beautiful. It’s number 2 out of 100 and the quality is superb.
Among the individual vases, the large pieces by Paul Hilditch have, perhaps predictably, aroused the most interest. More surprising has been the buzz around pieces like Honeywort and Pied Wagtails – though after seeing them “in the flesh” I can appreciate why these pieces are so desirable.
As you probably know, Moorcroft have a recommended retail price for all their pieces. Generally, we offer at least a 10% discount on almost all pieces on the website.
This year however, without consulting the retailers, Moorcroft have changed the rules. They have significantly increased the price of their pottery to me, but not reflected this in their suggested recommended retail prices. So the reality is that I have had to reduce the 10% discount on the new limited edition pieces.
Having said that I’m please to announce that we will match any price offered by Moorcroft (provided of course that we are comparing like-for-like). Naturally we'll match Gold Club member offers (provided of course that Club Members bring along their club card !). We have some very loyal customers at The Cotswold Shop, and we firmly believe that loyalty should be rewarded.
Pictured right: the very popular Chocolate Cosmos range
27 new limited/numbered pieces, 18 new or augmented ranges
Moorcroft have announced their 2014 Catalogue.
It contains some superb new limited editions (including what may be Paul Hilditch’s best ever work, the magisterial Back to Back) and many other delights and surprises. You can see the new limited pieces by clicking here and the new ranges here.
I expect pieces to start arriving in the next few weeks. As ever, the most popular limited editions will sell out very quickly, and dealer’s allocations will be tight. Do let me know if you would like to book any piece.
Santa Claus is coming to town
A special Christmas decoration for any Moorcroft fan, this three-inch high Father Christmas sells for £130.
He’s been designed to hang from your Christmas tree by a loop in his hat, and can also stand on his base. Yo Ho Ho !
Final collection rounds off a remarkable year for Moorcroft.
Moorcroft’s release of the Winter Legacy collection surprised collectors with its variety. Though Moorcroft claim the collection is “inspired by the colours of winter” – with pieces like Golden Bough and William Moorcroft’s own design Winter Trees – many pieces have a warmth and exuberance that ends the year on a heartwarming note. Briony Time tumbles with blossoms and berries and Winter Lantern melts away the ice with its deep red berry fruits on a rich blue ground.
Perhaps the most striking pieces comes from an artist who seems to be working at the peak of his talents right now – Paul Hilditch. Along with Winter Lantern Paul’s December Dawn is an unusual lidded box with a carefully drawn winter landscape. Limited to 100 pieces, it’s bound to appeal to collectors.
For more on the Winter Legacy collection, click here.