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‘Christmas Morning’ completes the set
Moorcroft have announced the fourth and final annual Christmas Trio by Vicky Lovatt.
Called Christmas Morning, it’s another delightful design. Here’s Moorcroft’s description:
‘After the presents have been ripped open and the house transformed into a wrapping-paper bomb site, a little girl and boy run outside swaddled in their warmest attire to build a snowman. Glistening with festive frost and snow, Christmas Morning is a delightful reflection on that nostalgic excitement that still seeps into hearts globally, even that meanest of all people, Ebenezer Scrooge himself.’
As ever, the pieces are in the 7/3, 72/6 and 780/4 patterns and come as Open Editions.
We hope to have pieces in the next few weeks, but demand is always strong. We will be taking pre-orders for the Trio from tomorrow: don’t leave it till Christmas Eve !
For more info, click here.
Twelve small but wonderful pieces – and a superb plate.
We have just taken delivery of the first seven of Moorcroft’s latest collection, The 12 Days of Christmas.
It's not easy to be humorous or whimsical without being twee, but designer Kerry Goodwin has struck the perfect balance with this unexpectedly brilliant collection.
Each of the vases is a light-hearted depiction of the characters of the well known song, and the wonderful plate cleverly combines the twelve.
As well as the exquisite design, each of the pieces I’ve received so far has a rich, precise colouring that’s unusual for small pieces (only one vase is larger than four inches tall).
Combine the above with sensible pricing, and you have irresistible festive gifts – or pieces that are collectable year-round.
All twelve vases and the plate come as Open Editions: more pictures and info here.
Moorcroft announce six new pieces of Prestige pottery
Moorcoft have announced a collection of six new Prestige Pieces:
Persia by Emma Bossons
Rooftop Paradise by Paul Hilditch
Derwent Reservoir by Vicky Lovatt
Inviting Iris by Rachel Bishop
Glasgow School of Art by Emma Bosons
Lupins by Kerry Goodwin
Each comes as a Numbered Edition.
You can find full details by clicking here.
Since Moorcroft have significantly increased the cost to retailers, we regret we are are unable to offer our usual 10% discount on these pieces.
Vicky Lovatt’s limited edition piece a dazzling homage to ‘The Few’.
Moorcroft have released Battle of Britain, a 25cm-high vase on the 75/10 pattern.
Designed by Vikki Lovatt to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle, it’s ablaze with swooping Spitfires and soaring Hurricanes as they defend the turbulent skies over the cliffs of Dover.
A hugely exhuberant piece, its reasonable price and limited edition of just 75 pieces worldwide means that it will sell out very quickly; dealer allocations will be small. Do contact me if you'd like a piece reserving.
You can find further pictures and information by clicking here.
UPDATE 16 August. This piece is now completely sold out.
Right: Battle of Britain (detail)
Six new pieces featuring British birds, designed by Kerry Goodwin and Rob Tabbenor
Moorcroft have released their Discover Nature collection, an oddly vague name for six impressive pieces, each featuring a British bird.
This is the fifth year Moorcroft have supported the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity. As in previous years, a royalty from the sale of each piece will go to support the RSPB’s work.
The collection features the much loved but not uncommon (The Nation’s Favourite – the Robin, in case you hadn’t guessed – Siskin, Bullfinch Blues); the common but unloved (Jays at Home); and the extremely uncommon Hen Harrier in Skydancer.
Skydancer is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch, depicting a male and female Hen Harrier, of which only a few breeding pairs remain in the UK. Befitting their rarity, Moorcroft have introduced a completely new framed twelve-inch circular plaque. A royalty from this piece will go to the RSPB’s admirable Skydancer project.
Two diminutive models complete the collection, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Barn Owl. These tiny pieces, both by Rob Tabbenor, are under three inches tall, but burst with detail: an ideal gift for any twitcher !
We have the first batch of pieces in stock, and as some pieces are in small limited editions, do let me know if you would like a piece booked to avoid disappointment.
Full details of all the pieces may be found here.
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New collection for Spring 2015
Moorcroft have announced the Music and Movement collection.
Comprising of 13 limited and numbered editions and 4 open editions, ‘Music and Movement’ takes whimsical inspiration from nineteenth century music and themes of transport – or as Moorcroft put it
The Music and Movement Collection… is a kinetic, exciting and melodic collection – a stimulation of the mind, the emotions and the senses and above all, a feast of colour for the eye.
Standout pieces include Paul Hilditch’s Bullnose Morris, a celebration of Oxford’s motor industry (better than it sounds), a Beardsley-esque Madama Butterfly by Rachel Bishop and two pieces by Emmas Bossons that fit best with the collection’s name – Folies-Bergère and Degas Dancers.
Pieces should arrive with retailers by the end of April, but as ever, if something catches your eye it’s best to contact me to avoid disappointment.
For full details click here.
Discounts of up to 33%, free shipping in UK
We have just added twelve discounted Elliot Hall Enamel limited edition pieces to our Specials section.
These include beauties like Tiger, Pansies and my own favourite Primrose and Bumblebee (pictured right).
The tiny Santa Sledging Christmas tree decoration is included, as well as last year's Santa piece.
Each of the enamels comes with a sumptuous official Elliot Hall presentation case, and a certificate of authenticity signed by the designer.
Prices have been reduced by as much as 33% from RRP, but we only have one example of each piece – so if you see something you like, don’t delay !
Right: Primrose and Bumblebee, number 5 in a limited edition of 5, reduced to £275 from £334