The Royal Horticultural Society has partnered with Moorcroft, a renowned producer of heritage art pottery and ceramic design, to produce a brand-new RHS collection.
The RHS Beatrix Stanley Collection is a beautiful line of art pottery, with designs based on the floral watercolour studies of gardener and painter Lady Beatrix Stanley, as well as the iris that celebrates her name.
The Stanley artworks used in the designs were sourced from the RHS Lindley Library collection, the world’s finest collection of botanical art. Moorcroft designer Nicola Slaney used these artworks and the Lady Beatrix Stanley iris as the inspiration for this art pottery collection in honour of this legendary gardener.
“Nicola Slaney has produced a vibrant but delicate homage to the captivating works of Lady Stanley,” says Catherine Gage, Director of Legal & Marketing W Moorcroft Ltd. “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.”
The range includes designs featuring Ooty, inspired by Geranium wallichianum; Solanum, a popular medicinal herb; and Peacock Flower, a species of flowering plant in the pea family. Lady Beatrix Stanley, a design based on the rich blue Lady Beatrix Stanley iris are also included on two popular Moorcroft shapes, an art nouveau loving cup and a vase, while Sibbertoft, a plaque featuring the Lady Beatrix Stanley iris, is inspired by Sibbertoft Manor where Lady Stanley lived.
Cathy Snow, RHS Licensing Manager, says: “As a horticultural authority and a creator of marvellous watercolours of the flowers and plants she loved so much, Lady Beatrix Stanley’s life and work are well worth celebrating. This beautiful new art pottery collection from a valued RHS partner is a fitting tribute to this wonderful woman.”
The new pieces launched on the Moorcroft and RHS websites in late December. The collection is expected to become widely available later this year through all Moorcroft retailers, both in the UK and abroad, including major stores, independents and china and glass retailers.