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Susie Cooper Kestrel Shape Crescent Moon Dishes 1930’s

15 Feb
Absolutely beautiful Susie Cooper Dishes

This is a beautiful partial set of dishes designed by Susie Cooper in the Kestrel Shape. The pattern is called Crescent Moon. Colour is Mahogany. There is a definite Art Deco look to the handles and lids.

Susie Cooper was an English ceramic designer. She first worked for A. E. Gray & Company who soon discovered she was a talented designer and painter. In October 1929 she established her own business, Susie Cooper Pottery, in the same building as George Street Pottery in Tunstall England but that place closed down after only 3 weeks and she had to relocate to Chelsea Works in Burslem. Later she moved to Crown Works in 1931 adjacent to Wood & Sons who provided her company with the white ware that she used for her designs.

She was born in 1902 and died in 1995. She retired at the age of 80 and I believe she worked as a freelance designer well into her eighties. Susie Cooper designs are still highly sought after and collected to this day. Prices are usually higher for the ones that are more unusual in design and colour.

The Kestrel shape was launched in 1932, so this is a very early design.

The set shows some signs of crazing on a few pieces which have darkened slightly with age. Most are in very good condition with no apparent crazing.

As this is not a complete set, each piece will be sold separately and will be available at my booth at the The Almonte Antiques & Collectibles Market in Almonte ON. Open 10 to 5 Monday to Friday, free parking at the rear of the building and on the street.