episode details: Flog It! - Series 5 - Cambridge
On todays episode I couldn’t help noticing a little vase from the English manufacturer Moorcroft. This company was founded in 1897 in Burslem, Stoke-On-Trent (England) and is still active today as an independent pottery manufacturer. The company has especially found fame through their vivid and colorful designs on hand-crafted or hand-detailed vases and pottery.
I couldn’t find any image of the vase in question (a lovely blue vase with trees) which according to the expert was a perfect match between colors, design and the shape of the vase. I will certainly use BBC’s iplayer to see if I can catch a screen capture from the vase and the auction.
The vase in the image above is slightly similar to the one auctioned in Flog It, but the shape of the vase is very different. The vase in the image was sold at a Christies auction in 2008 for £ 2000.
Today Moorcroft tries to keep its new pottery exclusive by offering limited editions which are loved by collectors. However we, as almost always, prefer the more authentic vases designed by William Moorcroft himself.
Update: I have made a screen capture from the vase in this particular Flog It episode. You can see the image below. The expert told the viewers that the particular pattern on this vase was called “Moonlit Blue”. It was estimated at £ 700 but the auctioneer, who was more experienced in Moorcroft pottery, said it was a lot more valuable. This also proved to be so as it sold at £ 1500.