Antique dealers Tom and Laura Siano of Blue Moon Jewels and Artifacts and The Yellow Garage offer a striking Moorcroft hibiscus vase. Born in 1872, William Moorcroft spent his childhood in Burslem, England where his father was a china painter and designer. At the age of 24, upon graduating from art school, Moorcroft found employment with a Staffordshire pottery manufacturer James Macintyre & Co. Ltd. Here he flourished as a brilliant designer, and one year later he was responsible for Macintyre's art pottery studio. He created designs for the Macintyre's Aurelian Ware range of high-Victorian pottery influenced by Oriental pottery. He also developed Florian Ware whose shapes were outlined in trailed slip using a technique known as tubelining, and influenced by early Roman ceramics. By 1913 Moorcroft left Macintyre and founded his own highly successful cutting-edge factory. Williams's son, Walter, joined his father in 1935 bringing his own design genius to the company. Father and son worked side by side until Williams's death in 1945.
Like his father, Walter became a master potter. He has been described as an "artist and designer who could make pots, prepare glazes, fire a bottle oven, manage a factory, train paintresses, be his own sales manager, and look after the finances." He remained committed to maintaining traditional handcraft techniques to ensure the survival of the individually made pot. The vase offered with its vivid hibiscus floral composition reflects the influence of Walter's design. He chose to use his father's flambe firing process to creat the brilliant finish. The vase presents in very good condition. The base is marked clearly with Walter Moorcroft's initials as well as the incised Moorcroft and Made in England marks. It is a truly remarkable piece of Moorcroft art pottery. Today both William and Walter's ceramic art pieces can be found in museums and private collections around the world.
Dimensions: Height: 7"
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