A vintage Moorcroft shallow bowl in the Leaf and Berry design by William Moorcroft.
A substantial item having a diameter of 186mm (7.3inch), a height of 26mm and a weight of 337g.
Leaf and Berry is an early design which research indicates is one of the designs in the factory sales book for 1934 and 1935.
Moorcroft was awarded the royal warrant in 1928 and on the base of this bowl to the bottom right hand side of the signature is the impressed POTTER TO HM THE QUEEN mark. This combination of signature and impressed mark was used from 1928 to 1949.
The base is also initialled and the style of the initials suggests the date when the bowl was actually made can be narrowed down to the late 1940's.
The bowl is clearly a genuine vintage item.
When bowls are included with vases and other taller items they can make for a particularly interesting and attractive display. Many examples of this can be seen in Moorcroft catalogues and reference books etc.
Condition:- Vintage items may have imperfections due to manufacturing processes, usage and age, and any significant issues will be always be highlighted. This bowl has been closely inspected and there are no chips or cracks, and only faint crazing. There is tiny (approx 2mm wide) firing blip which might be best described as a slightly raised non smooth pimple. This is shown on the first image but as it may not easily be seen is mentioned here for accuracy.
The colours remain bright and on the dark blue ground make for an attractive piece of art pottery from one of the most famous companies in the field.
The Leaf and Berry pattern on the dark blue ground seems to be much rarer than on the green ground.
This bowl would normally be offered for sale around the £160 mark but has been substantially discounted due to the firing blip.
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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