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Old Moorcroft proves popular
I’ve just done a little caretaking on our website and removed all the stock we’ve recently sold – and added some great new pieces.
Pride of place must go to the beautiful Pomegranate Bowl, whose lush but muted decoration, perfect tubelining and exceptionally good condition make it the star of the show.
Some of the smaller pieces are equally lovely – have a look at the Anemone Flambé: just over three inches tall but bursting with colour.
We've also got some unusual pieces: a very pretty Orchid Urn and a very rare Spring Flowers Scent Bottle.
You can see them all by clicking here, and don't forget that we always have additional pieces in the shop itself.
Kerry Goodwin design celebrates 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth
A Potter's Home depicts the Lakeland cottage of author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, whose Peter Rabbit tales spawned 24 books (and an entire sub-industry of giftware).
2016 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the much-loved storyteller, and the silhouette of the black cat in the foreground is an allusion to a newly (conveniently?) discovered manuscript that tells the tale of a plucky black cat.
Kerry’s five-inch vase is immediately attractive in its own right, so is bound to be popular with Moorcroft collectors and Potter fans alike. With an edition limited to 150 pieces worldwide allocations will be limited, so do drop me a line if you’d like to reserve a piece for inspection.
A dozen more old pieces added to our collection
We've been busy over the weekend adding more old Moorcroft pieces to our Vintage and Specials collection.
We're steadily increasing the size and variety of our collection and have some really attractive pieces.
Have a look by clicking here.
A new collection of old and interesting Moorcroft pieces
We have always kept a small amount of old Moorcroft in the Cotswold Shop and in recent months I’ve been building up a stock of pieces which I’ve decided to share on our website.
Some collectors love the older patterns because of the delicacy of tubelining and the depth of lustre and colours. In many cases (such as the Flambé ware) the chemicals and rare metals that were used in the glaze are no longer permitted to be fired in kilns for health reasons, meaning we will never see the like of these pieces again.
All our vintage stock is guaranteed to be in at least very good condition, with no chips, cracks, damage or restoration.
In addition I occasionally come across more recent pieces that are desirable because of their rarity – or simply because I like them. Unless specified, all recent pieces come with original Moorcroft boxes. In keeping with The Cotswold Shop’s philosophy, none of the recent pieces are seconds: we only ever sell first quality, undamaged pieces.
Prices include free shipping anywhere in the UK. We can also quote for fully insured shipping to the US, Canada and Australia.
I hope you enjoy our little collection. Please click here to see the full list and feel free to call or email if you have any queries or would like additional photos. We will be adding more pieces soon, and always have additional stock in the shop – many pieces sell before we have time to put them on our website !
Shakespeare and Evesham celebrated by new pieces
Moorcroft have released two new mini-collections: one celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death; the other celebrates the joys of Evesham.
Both mostly centre around flowers for decoration, and very pretty they are too: standouts include Gillies, Butterfly Cloud and Kirke’s Blue from the Evesham Collection, Imogen from the Shakespeare Collection.
Three of the pieces depict the landscape and history of Evesham: Bredon Hill, Broadway Tower and Queenie’s Van.
Finally, there’s a cheeky little pot based on the real-life story of a rescued fledgling: Carey the Crow. Irresistible !
Moorcroft create our very own Limited Edition
Kerry Goodwin has designed a unique vase especially for the Cotswold Shop. It comes in a Limited Edition of just 25 pieces worldwide.
The Cotswold Vase depicts the picturesque bridges of Bourton-on-the-Water and the quaint weavers’ cottages at Arlington Row in Bibury, framed with luxuriant purple foxgloves and verdant summer trees.
Kerry chose the classic eight-inch high 200/8 shape to showcase her design. It will carry her signature and our unique Cotswold Shop backstamp.
The Cotswold Vase will be the perfect gift or keepsake for anyone who lives in, loves or visits the Cotswolds. I feel honoured that Moorcroft have turned their traditional expertise and craftsmanship into creating this unique portrait of our very own Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Cotswold Vase comes in a Limited Edition of just 25 worldwide, and retails for £770. Of those 25 pieces, 10 have already been reserved. Demand looks set to exceed availability, so if you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible, either by email or by calling me on 01451 820547.
For Moorcroft’s description, and to order, please click here.
‘Designs from the Firmament’ collection celebrates her work
Emma Bossons is an extraordinary talent. The prolific designer has lead the Moorcroft Design Studio towards a world of organic design. Emma was made a fellow of the Royal Society of The Arts at the age of 24, having been a Moorcroft designer for only four years. Her face appeared on a Royal Mail first day cover to mark the fact that she was the youngest ever member of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Emma saw her work carry HM The Queen’s cypher during the Jubilee, including designing the brochure for the Lord Mayor’s parade, and the banquet menu for heads of state at Mansion House. Only a year after joining the eminent Moorcroft Design Studio in 2001, Emma designed Moorcroft’s best-selling range ever.
Adapted from Moorcroft’s text
Not a bad CV ! Emma has been responsible for some lovely pieces over the years. This celebratory collection has a few stand-outs, most obviously the Queen’s Choice Jardinière, a huge piece that comes with a significant price tag.
Perhaps more accessible are the eye-catching Honeycells (pictured right), with its mini beehive theme; Bellbind, a new clock shape with a pleasant decoration; and – continuing Moorcroft’s tradition with poppies – Popsicle.
All the pieces can be found by clicking on the links.
Most pieces reduced by 50%
We have eight very special offers on our last few Limited Edition Elliot Hall Enamels.
These include Baby Boy and Baby Girl, perfect christening presents, or as a special gift to celebrate a new arrival. Originally £149, we can now offer these for £75 each, including shipping in the UK. Both are number 2 in their respective limited editions of just 25 worldwide.
Also available are:
Bullfinch (53/100) originally £199 now £99. SOLD Caterpillar (11/75) originally £227 now £112. SOLD Panda (4/25) originally £545 now £299. SOLD Shepherd’s Flock (5/40) originally £326 now £163. SOLD
Santa (20/25) originally £199 now £125.
Tiger (rare Artist’s Proof) originally £599 now £299. SOLD
Each of the pieces is brand new and in perfect condition, and comes with an Elliot Hall presentation case. Each Enamel comes with certificate signed by the artist indicating its limited edition number.
For full details, click on our Specials page.