Sold! Moorcroft tea set sells for World record breaking £15,400


This morning, Wednesday 23rd September, Dawsons held a dedicated Moorcroft pottery auction. The sale included 64 lots, all from one important private collection.

Broadcast live over the Internet, bidding was available online through DawsonsLive, 4 other auction platforms and by telephone. This was an international sale with buyers from the USA, Eire, Northern Europe and the UK.

The star of the sale was without doubt Lot 58, a rare William Moorcroft silver overlaid 'Pomegranate' pattern three piece tea set, dated 1912, decorated with a band of pomegranates, leaves and berries, that achieved a hammer price of £15,400. 

Initial bidding was very strong online, quickly rising to £10,000. Then 2 clients who had booked telephone lines battled it out, back and forth for almost 10 minutes. The delighted winning bidder was a passionate UK based private collector.

Richard Harrison who curated the sale and auctioned all of the items said: “It has been a real pleasure handling, researching and putting this auction together. I am so pleased that we achieved such great prices for our client”.


Lot 58: A rare William Moorcroft silver overlaid 'Pomegranate' pattern three piece tea set.  Sold for £15,400.



Lot 21: A rare and unusual William Moorcroft flambé vase.  Sold for £4,100.






Lot 61: A rare Moorcroft 'Honeysuckle' pattern bowl.  Sold for £1,800.




Lot 33: William Moorcroft for Liberty & Co, ' a 'Pomegranate' pattern coupe.  Sold for £1,400.



Lot 5: William Moorcroft for Liberty & Co, a 'Claremont' pattern vase.  Sold for £950.



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