The range’s designs are based on the floral watercolour studies of the gardener and painter Lady Beatrix Stanley, as well as the iris that celebrates her name.
The images used in the designs were sourced from the RHS Lindley Library collection of botanical art. Moorcroft designer Nicola Slaney used these artworks – and the Lady Beatrix Stanley iris – as the inspiration for the collection, in honour of Lady Stanley.
The new pieces launched on the Moorcroft and RHS websites in late December and will be available through Moorcroft retailers, both in the UK and abroad, from this month.
RHS and Moorcroft have collaborated several times in recent years, through Moorcroft show gardens at the RHS Tatton Flower Show and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2017 when Moorcroft launched the RHS Rose Bouquet Collection of six designs, based on famous roses, which appear on vases, coasters and plaques. Moorcroft will exhibit its art pottery at a number of RHS flower shows in 2019.
Moorcroft director of legal & marketing Catherine Gage said: “Renowned ceramic designer Nicola Slaney has produced a vibrant but delicate homage to the captivating works of Lady Stanley. Moorcroft is utterly delighted to have been able to work with the RHS again and to have access once more to its unrivalled botanical library for this captivating art collection.”
RHS licensing manager Cathy Snow added: “As a horticultural authority and a creator of marvellous watercolours of the flowers and plants she loved so much, Lady Stanley’s life and work are well worth celebrating. This beautiful new art pottery collection is a fitting tribute to this wonderful woman.”