Moorcroft Pottery auction at Bonhams
Bonhams will showcase 100 years of pottery production at the Stoke-on-Trent Cobridge works, with an auction of ‘Moorcroft at Cobridge: The Centenary Auction’, on April 17.
Over 100 pieces of Moorcroft pottery, from the early period of production onwards, will be offered, showcasing the innovation and variation in the designs created over the last century.
William Moorcroft was a renowned potter who quickly gained a reputation for creating stunning and unique pieces. In 1928, Queen Mary granted him a royal warrant. She was a collector of his works herself, and thus enhanced the desirability of Moorcroft pieces.
Moorcroft’s work is still widely collected today. Bonhams will offer an exceptional private collection of Moorcroft wares, built up over 40 years. Other highlights include key works from other vendors, presenting the achievements of Moorcroft at the Cobridge works.
Rare patterns on offer include a Flambe Waratah vase, estimated to sell for £8,000-£12,000, an early Florian Poppy vase, valued at £1,500-£2,000, a Claremont Silver overlay tea-set, £5,000-£7,000, a Hazledene vase valued at £3,000-£3,500, and a Moonlit Blue vase, estimate £2,500-£3,000.
Further charming pieces include a variety of miniature Moorcroft pieces, from salad servers and preserve pots to centrepieces and buttons.
Head of Decorative Arts at Bonhams Mark Oliver commented: ‘It is an absolute delight to handle this auction of selected Moorcroft highlights from the past 100 years of production at Cobridge. We are expecting interest from eager collectors across the globe who will be keen to get their hands on special items from the discontinued ranges showcased in the Bonhams sale’.
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