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Large William Moorcroft Pomegranate Patterned Art Pottery Teapot

$2,250

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This large art pottery teapot was done by the Moorcroft Pottery company of England in circa 1925 in their 'Pomagranite' pattern. The teapot is done using the signature Moorcroft cobalt blue ground, with a series of fruit around the outside, and duplicated on the top. The teapot is clearly signed with the impressed maker's mark and 'Made in England’. No damage of any kind has been identified.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)Width: 6.5 in. (16.51 cm)Depth: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1925
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. No damage identified. Some light wear to the bottom as presented in the photos and consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Hamilton, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1355222883852

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    Ships From: Hamilton, Canada
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About the Artist

Moorcroft Pottery

William Moorcroft (1872–1945), the founder of the celebrated British art-pottery company that shares his last name, was both an aesthete and a technical innovator. Along with William de Morgan, he is regarded as one of the greatest ceramists of the Arts and Crafts movement, yet Moorcroft’s singular style is heavily inflected with the lush naturalism of the Art Nouveau school of art and design.

The son of a decorative pottery painter, Moorcroft was born in Staffordshire, the center of English ceramics-making, studied at the Wedgwood Institute and in 1897 joined the local pottery manufacturer James Macintyre & Co. as a designer. After a year, he was put in charge of the company’s art-pottery studio, and there he developed a new style of wares named “Florian,” made with a technique called tube-lining, or slip-trailing. In this method, decorative motifs are outlined with a thin, raised border produced by piping a thread of clay onto the body of a vessel — much like squeezing toothpaste from a tube. Moorcroft, who took the unusual step of signing his ceramics, would go on to win numerous international awards. In 1913, backed by the London department store Liberty & Co., he left Macintyre to open his own workshop. Queen Mary, wife of King George V, gave Moorcroft her Royal Warrant in 1928. Shortly before he died in 1945, his son, Walter Moorcroft (1917–2002), took over as head of the firm. The pottery company is still in business in Staffordshire, with a design department headed by Rachel Bishop.

William Moorcroft’s ceramics are noted for their colorful, ebullient (and often slightly surreal) decorations depicting stylized natural forms — flowers, toadstools, fruit (pomegranate is a favorite among collectors), insects and landscapes. Most Moorcroft wares are finished with a glossy overglaze. Blue-and-white and pastel shades were generally used as underglazes on early Moorcroft pieces, and he later developed a rich, ruddy background glaze he called “flambé.” As you can see from the items offered, Moorcroft art pottery has a rich, warm and inviting look — a comforting aesthetic that explains their enduring appeal. 

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