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Eric’s stamp of approval for Moorcroft Lakeland vase

Antiques expert Eric Knowles signs an Ashness Bridge vase for Joan Holder, of Keswick
Antiques expert Eric Knowles signs an Ashness Bridge vase for Joan Holder, of Keswick

[T]here was a full house at the Treeby & Bolton gallery in Keswick to hear TV’s antiques expert Eric Knowles talk at the launch of an exclusive new Moorcroft vase featuring a local Lakeland beautyspot.

The Antiques Roadshow veteran was joined at Saturday’s free event by Nicola Slaney, from the world-famous art pottery manufacturer in Staffordshire, who had designed the Ashness Bridge vase.

The five-inch numbered pieces are only available from the gallery in Keswick, so collectors flocked there to have theirs signed underneath by Eric and Nicola, alongside the Treeby & Bolton backstamp.

Among them was Joan Holder, from Keswick, who said: “It was fascinating listening to them both and then having my vase signed by them in gold pen. I even had my photo taken with Eric.”

The vase, which costs £395, features a view of Ashness Bridge overlooking Derwentwater just a few miles down the Borrowdale valley from the Treeby & Bolton gallery.

Eric said: “It was a really great day and a pleasure to meet all the Moorcroft collectors. I always love coming to Keswick and looking around the gallery and sampling the home-made cake downstairs!”

Gallery manager Libbie Barton said: “The whole day went really well. The talk upstairs by Eric and Nicola was full to capacity and went down a storm. They covered everything from arts and crafts in the Lakes to Moorcroft and the new Ashness Bridge vase.

“Eric particularly liked the vase and there were a lot of lovely stories from customers on the day. We had a couple who bought a vase for each of their two daughters because they had visited Ashness bridge on their honeymoon, which made it a very special place for them.”

For those who missed out on Saturday, Nicola will be signing a limited number of vases with her gold pen at Moorcroft before they are sent to the Keswick gallery.

For further information, contact Treeby & Bolton on 017687 72443 or at [email protected] or go to www.treebybolton.co.uk.

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