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...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.
During the tenure of Walter Moorcroft, the Liberty store's interest in Moorcroft was purchased by Moorcroft in 1962.
In the 1980s Moorcroft got into financial difficulties as a result of rising wages and fuel, which were exacerbated by the labour intensive techniques employed by Moorcroft and the company went through several changes in ownership with the result that from 1993 the company was controlled by the Edwards family, which is still the case.
The young 24 year old designer Rachel Bishop joined Moorcroft in 1993, as only its fourth designer in almost a hundred years and her designs become immediately popular. In 1997 the Moorcroft Design Studio was formed with eight designers, and with Rachel Bishop as head designer.
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.
Moorcroft is still producing art pottery in its own distinctive design style, and with astute promotion and limited edition designs including Australian flora and flora, is selling more than it did in the mid-1920’s, its previous heyday.
William Moorcroft, green Pansy hot water jug and coffee pot, C. 1915, both signed, impressed marks 'Moorcroft, Burslem' small chip to spout of hot water jug., height 15.5 cm, diameter 12.5 cm (each) weight 652g (combined)
William Moorcroft, a flambe Waratah jug, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 18.5 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney
William Moorcroft, a small green ground Waratah jug, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 9 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney
William Moorcroft, Pitcher, c. 1930, 'Leaf and Berry' pattern, of ribbed form, decorated with a band of grapes and leaves in sombre salt-glaze colours, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England, height 13.8 cm
William Moorcroft tea service 'Pomegranate' pattern including teapot, cream jug, sugar bowl, six tea cups and saucers, signed to base 'Moorcroft', impressed to base 'Moorcroft' and 'Made in England'. Height 20 cm (teapot)
A Moorcroft 'Florian Ware' 'Poppy' Silver plate-covered ewer, circa 1900, registration number 326471, of spreading cylindrical form with a squared handle, the rim with a silver-plate collar with hinged flat cover with thumb-piece, the raised slip design gl
A MacIntyre (William Moorcroft) large pedestal ewer vase in the early pomegranate design with two long strap handles to the bell form body, circular spreading foot, in tones of soft green highlighted with red and deep blue/purple. Full signature in green a
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