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Coffee cup and saucer: C.18 & A-2020

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Designer: Cooper, Susie
Decorator: Susie Cooper Pottery
Maker: Wood & Sons Ltd




Earthenware, aeropgraphed on-glaze in pink, decorated with sgraffito and painted in brown and black.

Earthenware, aeropgraphed on-glaze in pink, decorated with sgraffito and painted in brown and black.

Earthenware coffee cup and saucer of ‘Kestrel' shape with 'Leaf' pattern:
Cup, circular with convex sides, narrow base, angled loop handle. Exterior coated in pink, except for handle and rim. Sgraffito leaf on one side, finished in brown, with further leaf outlined in brown and thin black feathered swirls. White handle, brown band to interior near rim. Underside slightly concave within foot-rim, glazed.
Saucer circular, indented at centre, convex sides with flattened rim. Top coated in pink. Sgraffito leaf at centre. Underside with foot-rim, glazed.


History note: Formerly in the collection of Susie Cooper; bequeathed to her son, Timothy Barker, who gave it to the Museum.

Legal notes

Given by Timothy Barker, son of Susie Cooper and Cecil Barker

Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2020-04-27) by Barker, Timothy


Production date: circa AD 1947


The shape range 'Kestrel' was first introduced at the British Industries Fair in 1932, and produced in various patterns for more than 20 years. ‘Leaf’ pattern, no. 2083, was introduced in 1947, available in pink, smoke blue and sage colours, and shown at the British Industries Fair that year.

Components of the work

Saucer Diameter 12.2 cm Height 1.8 cm
Cup Diameter 6.4 cm Height 5.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Underside of base
  • Method of creation: Printed in brown
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 81
  • Location: Underside of base of cup
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Shape number
  • Text: [...] gland
  • Location: Underside of base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Printed in green
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.18 & A-2020
Primary reference Number: 279201
Entry form number: 511
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 16 December 2020 Updated: Tuesday 12 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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