A vintage Moorcroft baluster shaped vase in the Clematis pattern by Walter Moorcroft.
The vase is in excellent condition.
The height of the vase is 90mm and with a diameter of 80mm it has the appearance of a more substantial vase than many other examples of similar height and shape.
Regarding age, it can be difficult to assess with absolute certainty as some production runs could be quite long, and it was not until 1990 that Moorcroft began using year cyphers to show when an item was actually made.
As there is no year cypher on the vase the latest possible date of manufacture would be c1989.
The large impressed MOORCROFT mark on the base along with the MADE IN ENGLAND mark in upper case suggests an actual date range c1950 to 1986.
To narrow this down further The clematis pattern was first designed by William Moorcroft c1939 and initially only used on a few pieces. The pattern was developed into a full range by Walter Moorcroft from 1946 to 1975. Except for special orders production of the pattern ceased in 1983.
From the detail above it would be reasonable to assess the age of the vase as from 1950 to 1983.
The vase is clearly therefore of genuine vintage age.
The two clematis flowers are of different colours, and the colours remain bright. On the dark green ground they make for an attractive item which should prove a worthy addition to many a collection of vintage Moorcroft pottery.
Available online only however if visiting the Antiques Centre in York please visit Cabinet 138 situated on the Lower Ground Floor to view a selection of interesting items including silverware and Moorcroft Pottery from early vintage pieces to more modern examples.
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