Moorcroft McIntyre vase, 1903, £11,000 at Roseberys.

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Among more ‘fashionable’ fare it was a c.1903 McIntyre & Co vase that led Roseberys(25% buyer’s premium) triannual specialist sale on July 4.

Crazed, but without damage or restoration, the 11in (28cm) tall vase in the Landscape pattern had a painted green Moorcroft signature and printed McIntyre stamp. It attracted multiple phone bidders - only the most optimistic of whom could have hoped it would go within the £2000- 3000 estimate - and went to a determined UK collector at £11,000.


Moorcroft flambé vase, c.1930, £7500 at Roseberys.

Among the most sought pieces by Moorcroft after he left McIntyre in 1912 are his flambé pieces such as the c.1930 Landscape vase in rust, blue and purple on an olive ground.

The 12¼in (31cm) vase on offer here had been drilled to become a lamp but was otherwise undamaged and doubled the mid-estimate, going to the same collector at £7500.

For collectors on budgets, there were mainly three-figure guides on the nine Moorcroft lots and a 1935-39 natural pottery ribbed cream vase, 16¼in (41.5cm) tall, with impressed marks and blue painted signature, sold at £80.

Coper student


Jacqueline Poncelet vessel, £2000 at Roseberys.

An increasingly admired name in the studio field is Belgian-born Jacqueline Poncelet (b.1947), a student of Hans Coper and one of the half-dozen Royal College of Art women graduates in the 1970s who helped to lay the foundations of the New Ceramics movement.

All five of her works offered at the West Norwood rooms had been bought directly from the artist.

Best-seller was an unsigned earthenware rectangular slab-built vessel. Standing 10¼in (26cm) tall, it was pitched at £800-1000 and went to a London buyer at £2000.

At Roseberys last September an 18in (45cm) Fulham Pottery vase designed by Constance Spry and Oliver Messel sold at a record £10,000. This piece formed as a crown with lion handles was created for the never-to-be coronation of Edward VIII in 1936 but used for that of George VI and again for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Another example of the crown and lion vase was offered here. It was the same size and similarly impressed ER 1953 and Made in England with a facsimile Spry signature.

In good untouched condition but with crazing to the interior and darker grey hairlines, it was not expected to reach record heights but achieved top hopes at £5000.

Naturally auctioneer Jack Wallis is keeping fingers crossed for another such entry at the Design Since 1860 sale in November.

Danish design

Best of the furniture was a c.1960 solid rosewood sideboard designed by Henry Rosengren Hansen for his own Danish company Brande Møbelfabrik.

The Model 49 is among Hansen’s best-known pieces and this 9ft 6in (2.9m) wide example, which the vendor bought new, was in excellent condition and made £3400 online against a £1500-2000 estimate.