Sadly, we are unable to value the piece for you, but I recommend that you contact a reputable auction house. This example also shows the registration number and the Moorcroft painted signature. These pieces occasionally have a pattern registration number. Moorcroft introduced year cyphers in 1990 and are symbols used to identify the year each piece was made. Where do I find a comprehensive list of old designs? Disclaimer: Information provided on this website is for general information only. Each piece of pottery produced was personalised with Moorcroft's own signature or initials.
You are more likely to possess antique. Over the past nine years the world profile of Moorcroft has grown internationally, both in quality and in perceived value. The Moorcroft pottery is one of the last remaining independent art potteries in the world today and still operates out of the original brick factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England Moorcroft uses the proprietary glazes and distinctive slip-trailing methods pioneered by William Moorcroft at the end of the 19th century. Among the most successful and enduring was the Moorcroft pottery in Cobridge, Staffordshire. These pieces are only ever sold at discounted prices in the Moorcroft factory shop. One subscription covers all libraries in your group.
Please help me Identify this William Moorcroft Bowl Pattern. Macintyre gave Moorcroft their customer list and all his moulds. William — the young upstart — led his workforce across Cobridge Park to a new factory in Sandbach Road. Moorcroft's most familiar wares are decorated with floral and fruit designs on dark blue backgrounds. During the tenure of Walter Moorcroft, the Liberty store's interest in Moorcroft was purchased by Moorcroft in 1962. These book links will take you to Amazon.
For library subscription rates please. The Moorcroft marks remained steady until the modern owners instigated a system of dating and then again until modern Moorcroft design studio artists, where allowed to mark the Moorcroft pottery they personally designed or created. On the death of William Moorcroft in 1945, his elder son, Walter, took over management and design and he continued in this position until his retirement in 1987, after which he continued contributing to Moorcroft designs. In any saleroom of antiques, part of the process of establishing the correct vintage of a pot is to examine the crazing on the surface. Sometimes Moorcroft Club members have even designed these! Exhibition pieces or limited editions might be marked accordingly. Moorcroft pottery was first made in Burslem, England, in 1913.
The seasoned eye can date a piece by design, glaze and technique of manufacture but the wide variety of impressed and printed marks and if they survive factory paper labels, used across more than a century of production do make the task much easier. For example, the white body has been known to craze a little earlier if there are adverse environmental conditions, whereas the celadon body crazes much later Moorcroft is made from a porous earthenware pottery, and crazing is just part of the normal process of aging of this material. We recommend that the appraiser you appoint is accredited, knowledgeable in Twentieth Century Decorative Art, and has an independent relationship from both the buyer and seller. Can I see Moorcroft being made? A maximum of 10 people can be taken on a factory tour at one time. Frequently Asked Questions What significance are Moorcroft signatures and marks? One thing these have in common is that they are all impressed Moorcroft regardless of the other initials or accompanying marks.
Marks E very piece of M oorcroft has marks on the base which will tell a story. Louis International Exhibition in 1904. Put another way, age crazing is a friend, not an enemy. Its just not a pat off thing. Once collectors know more about the natural crazing process, they more often than not do not wish to have a piece re-fired. Walter took William's experimentation with flambe glazes much further. Estimates from photographs and descriptions whether on-line or not may not disclose whether or not a piece has been crazed, cracked, restored or subject to other imperfections that cannot be identified unless the piece is thoroughly inspected by expert hands and eyes.
Article Source: Mel Cohen Dating Moorcroft Pottery The moorcroft pottery has mainly remained in the hands of one family since its creation and Moorcroft mark changes have been quite few. This example also illustrates the registration number. Some finance came from the famous London store Liberty, and Liberty continued to exercise control over Moorcroft until 1962. These were difficult to adhere to with the high temperature firing. We all have different tastes after all. The Antique Marks Glossary covering Antique Terms M Here you will find antique terms and related words beginning with the letter 'M' including definitions and short histories covering everything from MacIntyre to the Martin Brothers, Moorcroft, Minton and Musket. By the eighties Moorcroft was in trouble and its attempts to produce cheaper ranges took the company to near bankruptcy.
A few years ago he created a video documenting how Moorcroft is made. However Macintyre's core business was industrial ceramics and it was only a passing fashion for the prosperous industrial ceramics producers to support art pottery. The mark on pottery made between 1904 and 1913 is similar, but with William Moorcroft's initials rather than a full signature tending to be more common. Following William Moorcroft's death in 1945, his elder son, Walter, assumed management of the firm. You cannot buy a Moorcroft gift box.
Production was always fairly limited because William insisted on personally controlling the entire process. The metal oxide colours are then applied by hand to the pattern before the first firing. The Powder Blue range, made in largely traditional shapes from 1913 until 1963, was used in Liberty's subterranean cafe. Moorcroft celebrated its centenary in 1997, marking the year that William Moorcroft joined MacIntyre as its founding date, rather than the year the company was founded. Copyright marks merely state the date when the design was first used. However, large group bookings can be arranged for up to 20 people. So collecting requires an eye.
The vases are classic shapes with or without lip or foot. The earlier wares are similar to the modern ones, but color and marking will help indicate the age. A Guide to Moorcroft Marks and identifying dates for Moorcroft Pottery. In use from 1953 to 1978. Claremont Toadstool,Watatah and Landscape designs are at the top as well as the Spanish and Fish designs Value depends on the number of fish on the piece. Advance booking is necessary of at least 2 weeks prior to visiting the pottery.