Learn about Centrepiece

Popular in Victorian times, a centrepiece was designed to stand on a dining table or sideboard, and convey the theme of the gathering such as Christmas or Easter, as well as the social status of the owner. Often very elaborately made, they can take many forms, including epergnes, sculpture, multi basket containers for fruit or sweetmeats, and large bowls. They have been made in a variety of materials including glass, ceramics, silver, silverplate and bronze. Centrepiece is also the name given to the central feature of an item of jewellery such as a necklace or bracelet.

Learn about Moorcroft

William Moorcroft was employed by Staffordshire pottery manufacturers James Macintyre & Co. Ltd. as a designer in 1897, and after a year he was responsible for the company's art pottery studio.

William Moorcroft created designs for the Macintyre's Aurelian Ware range of high-Victorian pottery, which had transfer-printed and enamelled decoration in bold red, blue and gold colours. He also developed the art nouveau-influenced Florian Ware which was decorated entirely by hand, with the design outlined in trailed slip using a technique known as tubelining. William Moorcroft's designs won him a gold medal at the St. Louis International Exhibition in 1904.

Each piece of pottery produced was personalised with Moorcroft's own signature or initials.

William Moorcroft and James Macintyre & Co. Ltd. split up in 1913 and Moorcroft founded his own factory nearby. Some finance came from the famous London store Liberty, and Liberty continued to exercise control over Moorcroft until 1962.

Moorcroft's reputation was further enhanced with the appointment of the Moorcroft company as Potter to HM The Queen in 1928. more...
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William Moorcroft, Comport, c. 1930, 'Orchid' pattern, decorated to the interior with orchids against a yellow and navy blue ground, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed facsimile signature and 'Potter to H.M. the Queen, Made in Eng

William Moorcroft, Comport, c. 1925, 'Eventide' pattern, decorated to the interior with a tree in a landscape against a mottled orange ground, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft Made in England', retains printed Moo

William Moorcroft, 'Tudric' Comport, c. 1920, 'Big Poppy' pattern, decorated to the interior with four large poppies against a navy blue ground, with hammered pewter foot, stamped 'Made in England, Tudric, Moorcroft' and numbered &#

A William Moorcroft comport bowl, Pomegranate pattern. 10 cm high, 17 cm diameter.

Walter Moorcroft comport. Floral decoration on green ground. Blue foot. Height 9 cm. Diameter 18 cm

A Moorcroft comport in the 'Pomegranate' pattern, the dark blue ground with larger and smaller fruit in various red and dark purple tones with leaf highlights in khakhi green colourway, circular flared form raised on a wide tapered pedestal foot, impressed

Moorcroft pomegranate comport, approx 13 cm high, 16 cm diameter

A Moorcroft plum comport, after 1950, plum design from circa 1925, with green Moorcroft monogram, the flared bowl on a waisted circular foot, richly decorated to the interior with maroon and purple plums and a scattering of yellow fruits on a deep cobalt g

A Moorcroft comport, signed. Height 9.5 cm. Diameter 8.4 cm

A Emma Bosoms Moorcroft anemone pattern comport. Deep pink with a band of anemones on the a bright blue ground, circa 1980. 11 cm high, 26 cm wide.

A good William Moorcroft comport decorated in the Pomegranate pattern, traditional soft red tones on deep blue ground, decorated to the interior and exterior, raised on a Liberty's of London Tudric pewter base with hand beaten effect. Height 22.5 cm. Diame

Good Moorcroft early pomegranate comport William Moorcroft signature to base. 19 cm diameter

A William Moorcroft comport, the interior with a continuous pattern of pomegranates initialled WM. 25.5 cm wide. 7 cm high.

A Walter Moorcroft Hibiscus pattern comport deep blue the interior with bright pink flowers. Diameter 15.5 cm, circa 1974

Moorcroft footed comport blue ground with flowers, paper label to base. Height 9 cm. Diameter 18 cm

A William Moorcroft squat comport, decorated with central hibiscus. Height 10 cm

A Moorcroft blue ground pomegranate and berries comport, C1915, signature and impressed Moorcroft Burslem to the base. Height 18 cm

A Moorcroft green ground Hibiscus comport, pre 1978, paper label and signature to the base, 10 cm high

A Moorcroft ochre pomegranate pattern comport, circa 1912, circular with external and internal continuous pomegranate decoration on an ochre ground signed W. Moorcroft stamped made for Liberty & Co 25 cm diameter.

Moorcroft comport, tube lined decoration hibiscus

Moorcroft pansy comport Cobridge factory, green signature, interior, deep blue with deep pink pansy, the exterior yellow green with band of buds. Height 15 cm.

Moorcroft pansy comport from the Cobridge Factory, with the green signature, the interior in deep blue with deep pink pansy decorations, the exterior yellow and green with a band of buds

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