Moorcroft pottery auction makes a record £348,000

The Richard Wright Collection of Moorcroft Pottery came to Bonhams yesterday with much anticipation.

The 1928 flambe vase

The sale was the largest and most valuable single owner collection to ever come to auction.

And collectors were clearly impressed, with the event reaching a sales total of £348,000 ($541,330) for 290 lots (33 lots unsold) of some of the finest pieces to come from the classic Stoke based pottery makers.

The standout sale of the day was undoubtedly a rare 1913 exhibition plaque made in Moorcroft's much revered pomegranate pattern.

This piece went up for auction with an estimated price of £3,000 - 4,000 ($4,670 - 6,220).

Yet these expectations quickly went out the window, as the pottery piece reached a final price of £19,200 ($29,870).

This was almost five times the high end of the estimated price.

Other lots also defied their pre-sale targets, with a 1928 Claremont flambé vase making £13,200 ($20,530) off an estimated price of £6,000-8,000 ($9,330 - 12,440).

1899 Yacht Vase

The iconic 1899 Moorcroft piece "The Yacht Vase" also achieved a final price of £12,000 having been predicted to sell for £6,000-8,000 ($9,330 - 12,440).

The very rare yellow and blue painted 'Carp' vase which dated back to 1902 sold for £12,000 ($18,670), in what was an unforgettable day for collectors of Moorcroft pottery and those investing in these rare pieces.

The Richard Wright collection took over 25 years to put together and was a joint effort between husband and wife team Richard and Jackie Wright.

Following the sale, Bonhams' Head of Decorative Arts, Mark Oliver, said:

"This is a fantastic result and a great tribute to Richard and Jackie Wright's taste and discernment."

Bonhams' next sale of pottery takes place at 11.00am on October 19 and is entitled "European Ceramics, Glass & Asian Art."


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