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20% off all pieces
Time for another of our quick mini-sales !
For a limited period, we will be reducing the price of every piece in the popular Chocolate Cosmos range by 20% off RRP.
This means that the very popular Clock is now £180 (down from £225), and the little 35/2 Vase only £76 (reduced from £95) – a perfect Christmas gift !
As ever, all pieces come in a sumptuous Moorcroft box, and prices include free shipping anywhere in the UK.
I only have limited numbers of each piece in stock, so order now to avoid disappointment !
Click here to see our Chocolate Cosmos range.
A rare combination of pattern, shape and elegant workmanship
New in the Cotswold Shop this week is this vintage African Lily vase, dating from around 1955.
What immediately struck me about this piece is its size – the African Lily design was not commonly used on larger pots, so this 10-inch (24cm) vase is unusual.
It also has exceptionally elegant fine tubelining and a rich but subtle palette of colours – the yellows and reds flow into each other with what seems like ease, but is actually a perfect example of the consumate skill of old Moorcroft potters.
African Lily is priced at £775, including free next-day shipping in the UK.
Moorcroft release six wildlife-inspired pieces
You may remember that in 2015 Moorcroft released the Discover Nature collection, with part of the profits supporting the excellent work done by the RSPB.
Wildlife and birds in particular have long been the subject of Moorcroft pottery, and the Second Nature collection depicts three British birds and three other creatures common to this country. Standout piece has to be Kerry Goodwin’s The Lodge (£850 inc. discount), a powerful portait of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. This is a super piece, and I’ve given it the accolade of a high resolution image so you can better appreciate the magnificent colours and detail (click here).
Each of the pieces has charm (especially Vicky Lovatt’s Moonlit Badgers, £517), but I’m particularly drawn to Swing By (Rachel Bishop, £252) a plaque depicting three swallows. A difficult piece to photograph – the plaque looks even better ‘in the flesh’.
You can see the remainder of the collection by clicking here. All of the Second Nature Collection pieces are available to order from the Cotswold Shop.
Mists and mellow fruitfulness in the Autumn Collection
Moorcroft have announced their Autumn collection, Flying Phoenix. It consists of seventeen new pieces, including one limited edition range and one open range.
Pride of place goes to the outstanding Blue Tulip (limited edition of 20) by Rachel Bishop, an eye-catching 18-inch piece with an eye-watering price tag of £2995. We’re offering it at £2497. In an even smaller edition of just 15 pieces worldwide is the good-natured Hoots at Home, Emma Bossons’ depiction of a happy family of owls. It’s available from the Cotswold Shop for £2695.
The flora-meets-fauna theme is continued in The Gentle Fellow, a very likeable plaque by new designer Helen Dale (limited edition of 100). We predict this piece will be in great demand ! (see detail, right).
Of the remainder, Emma Bossons’ Forest of Flowers (limited edition of 40) has a striking palette of colours on a rich dark ground, while Vicky Lovatt’s Fluttering Colour (limited edition of 40) vividly displays Peacock butterflies in impressive symmetry.
The Songs of the Cevennes collection will appeal to new collectors and those looking for special gifts (is it too soon to mention Christmas ?), with attractive limited edition pieces starting from just £80. The Muscari range features some classic shapes at affordable prices across an open range.
As ever, remember that retailer allocations will be limited (as to be expected with editions as low as 15 pieces) and that demand will outstrip supply, so please let me know if there’s anything in which you’re interested. We should be taking delivery of the pieces in early October: in the meantime you can read more by clicking here.
Classic Moorcroft proves popular
We’ve added some great Vintage Moorcroft pieces to the site.
The older Moorcroft pieces have astonishingly delicate tubelining – an art now sadly lost – and beautiful colouring that cannot be replicated by today's potters (see the article three pieces below this for reasons why).
We still have some unusual pieces: a very pretty 4-inch Orchid Urn (pictured right) and subdued but beautiful Leaf and Berry Vase. Don't forget that we always have many more Vintage pieces for sale in the shop itself.
For more, click on the Vintage and Special page on our site.
Cotswold Shop offers high definition images
As you will have seen, we take pride (and a lot of effort) in converting stock photos into images suitable for the web.
We also colour-balance the photos on an 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 ! (We're fortunate in being connected to Gigaclear’s brilliant FTTP network, which gives us download and upload speeds of 1000Mbps – and it’s far cheaper than BT !)
For an example (Times Gone By), click here.
Moorcroft create our very own Limited Edition
Update 1st September.
We are sorry to announce that this piece has now completely sold out.
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.
For Moorcroft’s description please click here.
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 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.