Moorcroft for Macintyre selling at McTear's in July

Posted in: British & Continental Ceramics & Glass
Posted on: 29 June 2016
Moorcroft for Macintyre selling at McTear's in July This July, McTear's Auctioneers is pleased to offer a selection of ceramics made by Moorcroft. Of particular note is lot 902, a Moorcroft for Macintyre Forget Me Not pattern vase, signed in green. This vase was developed by William Moorcroft while working for the firm of James Macintyre & Co, and has an estimate of £400-600 at auction.

William Moorcroft had begun working for Macintyre in 1897, when he was just twenty-four. Five years later, his Florianware pottery won him a gold medal at the 1904 St Louis International exhibition. Never one to miss an opportunity, he unusually and rather immodestly signed his name on his pieces. This really brought attention not only to the firm but to him personally.

In due course, the extent to which his success had overshadowed Macintyre's other manufacturing activities resulted in resentment on the part of his employers, culminating in their decision in 1912 to close down his studio. He then set up his own company, and the following year, production of his pottery was transferred to a brand new factory nearby.

The Moorcroft factory produced an extensive array of moderately-priced domestic tableware items in addition to its famous tube-lined, hand-painted art pottery. Moorcroft's reputation was enhanced when Queen Mary, a keen collector of his works, granted him a royal warrant in 1928. Shortly before the death of William in 1945, his elder son, Walter Moorcroft, took control of the business, which he continued to develop. The company's royal warrant was re-issued in his name in 1946.

McTear's is accepting entries for The British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction, taking place Friday 22nd July at 3pm. The closing date for this auction is 11th July. For further information or to consign to this auction, please email or telephone 0141 810 2880.

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