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12 little Frogman Bronzes looking for new homes
We’ve just reduced the price of our twelve last Frogman Bronzes by 20% discount off retail price.
This makes them among the best prices in the country – but when they’re gone they’re gone.
Buy one quick before they all hop off !
Magical new pieces now in stock !
It’s been an exciting day here at The Cotswold Shop as we take delivery of the first batch of pieces from Moorcroft’s new 2016 Collection, still warm from the kiln…
There are some real gems. To pick just three:
You won’t be surprised that Autumn Toadstools looks even better in reality than it does in our photos – a great design that depicts a long-loved Moorcroft subject on a classic shape, with a wonderful warm autumnal palette.
The Rooster vase from the dazzling Beauty Revered collection also surpasses expectations, full of tumbling vitality and vivid colour. Have a look at our new high definition images for persuasion !
But for sheer eye-popping briliance, the dazzling Quetzal that sits on the jug of the same name has no competition. Vicky Lovatt’s vibrant design has some of the deepest colourwork I’ve ever seen on a Moorcroft pot.
I’ve also received selections from the new Delphinium and Trefoil ranges, along with numerous other pieces. I’ve been fortunate in reserving the remaining few Blue Morpho pieces from the Costa Rica collection, so let me know straight away if you’d like one reserved.
Many of the pieces that arrived today have been pre-ordered by collectors, and following a detailed inspection, will be shipped off across the UK – and to Australia and America. I won’t even have time to admire them !
...and how to avoid ‘graded’ pieces and so-called ‘bargains’.
As any Moorcroft collector knows, no two pieces of their pottery are ever identical: subtle differences in colouring and tubelining are what give the pottery its magnificent individuality. Moorcroft strenuously check each firing for quality control, and many pieces don’t make it out of the factory gates.
When I receive a batch of pieces from Moorcroft I check each carefully for fidelity of colour and quality of glaze. Those pieces that do not reach my standards are sent back to the factory. So, in buying from the Cotswold Shop, you have a guarantee that you are buying the very best of the best.
From time to time you may see other online sellers offering significant discounts on current Moorcroft stock. Let the buyer beware: as you may know Moorcroft sell ‘seconds’, which are clearly marked with a red dot, and more recently ‘Graded’ pieces – which are not marked. These graded pieces...
These Graded pieces have flaws (or poor colouring) only noticeable to the experienced eye, but the fact they’re not marked means they can be passed off by unscrupulous dealers as first quality stock. Indeed, most of the 'bargains' you will find on eBay and other discount internet sites selling Moorcroft are Graded or substandard pieces. Sadly, for the buyer, they have little investment value.
I have never and will never sell anything other than Moorcroft’s finest, first quality pieces.
It goes without saying that it's not in the interest of sellers to tell you you’re not buying the very best pieces. I have nearly twenty five years’ experience of handling and selling Moorcroft, and I inspect every piece that comes in from the factory. I return a proportion of the stock I am sent – and that stock will find its way onto the market.
Many retailers believe that Moorcroft should clearly mark Graded pieces: Moorcroft argue that without the sale of such pieces the company would struggle to survive.
Whatever your views, wherever you buy, ensure that what you're buying is of the best quality, and remember that here at the Cotswold Shop we only ever sell the best of the best.
Cotswold Shop offers high definition images
As you will have seen, we take pride (and a lot of effort) into converting the stock photos Moorcroft supplies into images suitable for the web.
Wherever possible we remove overpowering background colours or bland whites and replace them with a neutral graded tone. We also colour-balance the photos an a Apple Mac colour reference system, which means the colours you see on the web are as close as possible to the actual pot. We also watermark these images digitally and physically to prevent piracy.
There is, however, a limit to the definition possible on a web site: so we’ve added links to a full size, high definition image of each of the new individual 2016 pieces. Be warned, they may take a few moments to download !
For an example (Times Gone By), click here. You'll find a much more impressive image than the one on the right !
Moorcroft release 77 new pieces
Moorcroft have released their 2016 Collection. This is the most important launch of the year: it contains a total of 77 brand new pieces, including 15 Limited Editions and 4 completely new ranges.
I’ve been fortunate enough to view the collection and can promise it has some superb pieces at all price points. Full details and exquisite photos of all the new pieces are on our website. Have a look now !
We are currently awaiting brochures from Moorcroft. If you would like one please email me your address and as soon as they are received we will post you a copy.
From The Cotswold Shop
A happy Festive Season
Last orders for Christmas is Tuesday 22nd
If you're thinking of buying something special for someone this Christmas, or maybe giving yourself a well-earned treat, the last possible date we can send out orders is Wednesday 23rd, which means placing your order with us before 8pm on Tuesday 22nd. If you miss this deadline but still really need an item, call or email me !
The Cotswold Shop will be open until 3pm on Christmas Eve, and then open from Sunday 27th to Thursday 31st, from 11am–3.30pm.
‘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.