Antique, vintage and contemporary Moorcroft pomegranate collectibles


2015-06-26 11:18:18

Antique, vintage and contemporary Moorcroft pomegranate collectibles

Antique, vintage and contemporary Moorcroft pomegranate collectibles is a form of ceramics made by British pottery manufacturer Moorcroft. It was first produced in 1910. Moorcroft pomegranate collectibles

First made in 1910, Moorcroft pomegranate collectibles feature handmade depictions of pomegranates on a range of items, including vases, plates and bowls.

When first sold through London’s Liberty company, it was known as Merena.

History of Moorcroft

William Moorcroft established his own company in 1912, having built a good reputation while working for Staffordshire pottery manufacturer James Macintyre & Co.

William received financial backing from London’s Liberty store, enabling him to expand his business quickly.

Moorcroft is perhaps best known for its florian ware, influenced by art-nouveau and employing a labour-intensive decorative technique known as tubelining.

Queen Mary granted William Moorcroft a royal warrant in 1928 and the company continues to run to this day.

Definition of terms

Items produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Notable sales of Moorcroft pomegranate collectibles

Moorcroft pomegranate pieces are rare, which ensures that prices can reach significant sums at auction.

  • A Moorcroft pomegranate tea set achieved $3,250 at a Clars Auction Gallery in August 2008.

  • An early period Moorcroft pomegranate two handled jar and cover achieved $10,000 at Craftsman Auctions in March 2007.

  • A pomegranate vase, made between 1910 and 1912 while William Moorcroft was working with James Macintyre, sold for $28,000 at Waddington’s, Canada in March 2006.

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