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Kestrel Coffee Set

  • Object:

    Coffee pot

  • Place of origin:

    Burslem, England (made)

  • Date:

    1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cooper, Susie, born 1902 - died 1995 (designer)
    Susie Cooper Pottery (decoration, manufacturer)
    Wood & Sons Ltd. (blanks, manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware with banded, painted, and sgraffito decoration

  • Museum number:

    C.127&A-1985

  • Gallery location:

    World Ceramics, room 145, case 18, shelf 2

  • Image in copyright

Physical description

Coffee pot with lid, from "Kestrel" Coffee Set, earthenware with banded, painted, and sgraffito decoration.

Place of Origin

Burslem, England (made)

Date

1932 (made)

Artist/maker

Cooper, Susie, born 1902 - died 1995 (designer)
Susie Cooper Pottery (decoration, manufacturer)
Wood & Sons Ltd. (blanks, manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware with banded, painted, and sgraffito decoration

Dimensions

Height: 19.5 cm

Descriptive line

Coffee pot with lid, from "Kestrel" Coffee Set, designed by Susie Cooper; decorated by the Susie Cooper Pottery, Burslem, using blanks made by Wood & Sons Ltd., 1932

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Baker, Malcolm and Richardson, Brenda, eds. A Grand Design : The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publications, 1997. 431 p., ill. ISBN 1851773088.
Susie Cooper's original contribution to the design, production, and marketing of tableware has assured her a prominent place in the history of twentieth-century ceramics. Founding (in 1929) and managing her own factory, and designing pottery shapes as well as their decorations, Cooper broke away from the traditional roles ascribed to women in the pottery industry worldwide, moving into the design of shapes (which was, and remains, predominantly a male preserve) and, even more notably, into the management of the factory.
Praised by design critics of the 1930s for her understanding of the "fitness to purpose" philosophy of design, Cooper earned commercial success with a wide range of designs, including distinctly "feminine" petite floral and geometric patterns, boldly coloured stripes and abstract forms, and exuberant animal decorations. This coffee set, an early product of the Susie Cooper Pottery in the classic "Kestrel" shape, was purchased by the Museum in 1985, prior to its exhibition of her work in 1987, although Cooper's work had been represented in the V&A's collection since 1934.

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Exhibition History

Precious: Objects and Changing Values (The Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 02/04/2001-24/06/2001)
A Grand Design - The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum (Victoria & Albert Museum 12/10/1999-16/01/2000)

Labels and date

Part of Coffee set 'Kestrel'
Designed by Susie Cooper, Wood & Sons, for Susie Cooper Pottery Co., about 1932
Painted earthenware

C.127 &A, B, C, D, E-1985 [23/05/2008]

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Painted; Sgraffito

Categories

Ceramics; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Drinking; Earthenware; Tableware & cutlery

Collection code

CER

Qr_O85178
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