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New Lamps

Light up your life !

As we head into winter with what seems like unseemly speed, what better way to ward off the autumnal gloom than a splendid Moorcroft Lamp ?

We have just refreshed our selection of lamps from Moorcroft’s new range, including Phoebe Summer, OctoberDelphiniumBellahouston, and the colourful Sorrow and Laughter.

Alongside these you’ll find classic Moorcroft patterns like Anna Lily and Queen’s Choice – and my personal favourite, Pavot.

Our stock holding of all our lamps is shown on the website, but we can order any piece (just give us a little notice !).

Click here for full details and great photos.

 

 

Illustrated: Sorrow and Laughter (£383–£583)

New Lamps

New-Look Website !

Dennis Chinaworks and Herend Porcelain now available online

 

We are excited to announce some improvements to our website.

From today, we are offering two wonderful new product lines: Dennis Chinaworks and Herend Porcelain.

For most Moorcroft collectors, the work of Sally Tuffin at Dennis Chinaworks needs no introduction. Long one of Britain’s foremost ceramic designers, Sally was instrumental in reviving Moorcroft Pottery’s fortunes in the 1980s, and with her husband Richard went on to found Dennis Chinaworks in 1993. 

Dennis Chinaworks is made in numbered or very small limited editions, and is prized by collectors worldwide. We think that the age-old technique of pot-throwing, combined with contemporary designs on classic shapes, makes an exciting complement to our existing Moorcroft collections. We currently have twenty four pieces of this exceptional pottery, all of which can be seen on our website. Please click here for more info.

Herend Porcelain is one of the great names in European ceramics. Herend have been producing magnificent tableware since the early 1800s, and still use time-honoured, labour-intensive traditional techniques. We have chosen our favourite figurines from Herend’s collection: once again, all of these may be found here on our website.

We have also improved the site’s design and increased image quality for all future pieces.

We hope you will agree that the Cotswold Shop has always had the best photos and most impartial descriptions of Moorcroft Pottery both new and vintage. And we hope you will have as much pleasure exploring our new lines as we have had in choosing them.

 

 

Pictured: Herend Kingfisher; Dennis Chinaworks Carp.

New-Look Website !

RSPB Second Nature Collection

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.

RSPB Second Nature Collection

Moorcroft announce Flying Phoenix collection

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.

 

Moorcroft announce Flying Phoenix collection

Vintage pieces

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.

 

Vintage pieces

The Cotswold Vase

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.

 
The Cotswold Vase

A Potter’s Home

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.

Available mid-July.

A Potter’s Home

Vintage & Special Pieces

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 !

Nina

 

Vintage & Special Pieces