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...

Learn about Flambe / Sung Ware

Flambe glazes, termed "sang-de-boeuf" (ox blood) were in use by the Chinese from the 11th century, and the effect was achieved by using copper oxide as a colouring agent and firing the object in a reducing atmosphere.

The Chinese continued using these glazes; in the 18th century the red glaze was often slightly streaked, or included blue bleeds and these wares were prized by collectors in the 19th century.

European potters were not able to master the technique until the early 20th century. The Royal Doulton company employed the potter Bernard Moore, who had been experimenting with flambe glazes for many years, as a consultant.

In 1904 the company was able to produce its first flambe wares, and they were exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in that year. As well as vases and bowls, around 1908 Doulton commenced producing animal figures with a flambe glaze and production of flambe wares continued during the 20th century. Over 2,000 different animal figures were produced over the years.

In 1920 Doulton under designer and artist Charles Noke, introduced "Sung" wares, which used a flambe glaze together with painted and gilt decoration. more...

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A large Moorcroft flambe 'Orchid' design vase, circa 1930, painted with stylized orchids and leaves under a rich flambe glaze, impressed factory mark with facsimile signature and 'POTTER TO HM THE QUEEN', painted signature and printed Royal

Walter Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1945, 'Leaf and Berry' pattern, decorated with a band of leaves and berries in flambe tones, signed in blue 'W. M.', with impressed facsimile signature and 'Potter to H.M. the Queen, Made in England, he

Walter Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1955, 'Fresia' pattern, of globular form, decorated with sprays of flowers in flambe tones, signed in green 'WM', impressed facsimile signature and 'Potter to HM The Queen, Made in England, height 19 cm

William Moorcroft, large flambe vase, 1939, 'Orchid' pattern, decorated with a band of large flower heads and spring flowers, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft' and dated '1939', with impressed facsimile signature and 'Potter to H.M. the Queen, Made in England,

William Moorcroft, rouge flambe vase, c. 1930, 'signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England', retains printed paper Royal Warrant label, height 25 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Mary Smart

William Moorcroft, Two flambe vases, c. 1930, 'Leaf and Berry' pattern, the ovoid form vase with blue signature and impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England', the swollen form vase with impressed facsimile signature and 'Potter to H.M. the

William Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1930, 'Leaf and Berry' pattern, of globular form, decorated with a garland of leaves and blackberries in flambe tones, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', with impressed facsimile signature and 'Potter to H

William Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1930, 'Leaf and Berry' pattern, decorated with a band of leaves and berries in flambe tones, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England, height 25.5 cm. Provenance: The Estate

William Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1930, 'Fish' pattern, decorated with fish swimming amongst aquatic plants, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft Made in England, height 18 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Mary Smart

William Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1930, 'Peacock Feather' pattern, decorated with feathers enclosing floral sprays in flambe tones, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England, height 19 cm. Provenance: The Est

William Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1930, 'Honesty' pattern, of ovoid form, decorated with honesty plants enclosed by stylised borders in flambe tones, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England, height 17 cm. P

William Moorcroft, Small flambe vase, c. 1930, 'Wisteria' pattern, of baluster form, decorated with fruits in flambe tones, impressed 'Moorcroft England', retains printed paper Royal Warrant label, height 10 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Ma

William Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1930, 'Wisteria' pattern, of ovoid form, decorated with a garland of fruits and leaves in flambe tones, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England, height 26.5 cm. Provenance:

William Moorcroft, large flambe vase, c. 1930, 'Pansy' pattern, of baluster form, decorated with pansies amongst foliage in flambe tones, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England, height 31.5 cm. Provenance:

William Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1925, 'Pomegranate' pattern, decorated with pomegranates and berries in semi-flambe tones, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England, height 15.5 cm. Provenance: The Estate o

William Moorcroft, flambe vase, c. 1928, 'Claremont' pattern, of baluster form, decorated with yellow and red toadstools in flambe tones, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft' and impressed 'Moorcroft Made in England, height 15.5 cm. Provenance

A large William Moorcroft 'Dawn' landscape vase of flambe glaze, circa 1930. Impressed marks and original paper label to base

William Moorcroft flambe vase, leaf and berry pattern, height 18 cm

Moorcroft pottery flambe 'Leaves and Berries' patterned vase, circa 1920s. 23 cm

Moorcroft pottery flambe 'Wisteria' patterned vase, circa 1920. 14 cm high, 18 cm wide

A Moorcroft 'Wisteria' vase, circa 1930, the waisted vase tube lined and decorated with a continuous design of fruits and leaves under a richly toned flambe glaze; with impressed Moorcroft and made in England marks with painted signature underside.

William Moorcroft flambe 'Wisteria' vase, C1935, impressed mark and signed to base. Height 26.5 cm approx

A rare William Moorcroft flambe 'Eventide' landscape design vase, elongated ovoid form, the rich red flambe glaze over the landscape design with dominant trees. The base with full signature in blue, impressed mark and large paper label. Height 20.7 cm

A Moorcroft flambe Eventide Compressed vase, circa 1929, baluster with a continuous pattern of trees in a landscape, red and burnt orange ground impressed factory marks painted signature, to base, 13 cm high, slight crack to rim

Moorcroft tall flambe vase decorated with leaves and berries, blue signature, 43 cm high

Large Moorcroft flambe pomegranate pattern vase impressed mark and green signature to base, 32 cm high

A William Moorcroft flambe Friesia vase, c.1928-1949, signed green/blue signature with impressed 'Potter to the Queen' and various factory marks. Height 23.3 cm

A William Moorcroft flambe leaves & berries vase, c.1928-1949 painted blue signature with impressed marks. Height 32.3 cm

Large Moorcroft flambe big poppy vase 26.5cm high approx. Impressed mark and signature to base

Large Moorcroft flambe anemone vase 24 cm high. William Moorcroft signature to base.

Very rare large Moorcroft Dawn landscape vase with bright flambe glaze. 33 cm high.

Moorcroft flambe vase with signature & impressed Moorcroft mark. Height 13 cm

A William Moorcroft pottery, leaves and berries flambe vase c.1928 - 1949. Signed with impressed factory marks. Height 17.3 cm

Moorcroft: 'Orchids & Sping Flowers' flambe spherical vase, late 1930's. 10 cm.

William Moorcroft leaf & berry vase. C.1930 with rare flambe glaze. Height 13 cm

William Moorcroft leaf & berry posy vase. C.1930 with rare flambe glaze. Height 11 cm

A Walter Moorcroft squat baluster anemone vase, flambe glaze to the red, blue, green and yellow toned florals, the ground graduating from red to blue. Initials in blue and impressed marks to base. Height 12.8 cm

Moorcroft Orchids vase, flambe wash, William Moorcroft pre 1939

A William Moorcroft flambe waratah vase, circa 1930, the compressed baluster body painted with flowering Waratah on a rich red ground, 15 cm high, signed in blue 'W.Moorcroft' impressed facsimile signature and 'Potter to HM The Queen'

Moorcroft flambe vase signed William Moorcroft to base. Height 20 cm

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