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Moorcroft with a $27,000 silver lining

14 October 2013Written by ATG Reporter

Estimated to sell for $800-1200, this loving cup combining the talents of William Moorcroft and the San Francisco jewellers Shreve & Co. sold for $27,000 (£17,650) at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California.

Five phone bidders, including the buyer, were from the UK.

Awarded a gold medal at the St Louis International Exhibition, Moorcroft pottery was sold by Shreve & Co. from 1904, with Tiffany and other famous American stores following shortly afterwards. Many pieces were silver-mounted.

This 7½in (19cm) high vessel in the Claremont pattern c.1905 was made specifically for export, as shown by the green painted mark to the base reading W. Moorcroft, Shreve & Co., San Francisco. It had been a wedding gift to the vendor's grandparents and passed down in the family before it was offered for sale on October 6.

In March 1906, Shreve & Co. opened their new 11-storey headquarters at Post Street and Grant Avenue. Built with the latest engineering technologies of the time, the building was one of only a few to survive the Great San Francisco earthquake the following month.

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