[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.