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Susie Cooper Gloria Lustre Plaque for A. E. Gray & Co Ltd- $21,000
1924, inscribed “In Days of Olde When Knights Were Bold & Ladyes Passing Fayre” on the rim, and on the reverse “Early 15th Cent(ury) Knight’, printed second galleon factory mark, 14 1/4 This plaque, one of a pair, was painted by Susie Vera Cooper when she was a trainee designer working on a piece rate basis for A. E. Gray’s hav-ing joined the factory in 1922. The design and calligraphy shows the strong influence of her mentor Gordon Forsyth, superintendent of art education in Stoke-on-Trent, formerly Art Director at Pilkington’s Tile & Art Pottery, 1906-1920, Susie Cooper went on to become the most im-portant and influential ceramic designer of the generation, founding her own factory in 1930, and revolutionizing tableware production in the 1930s Britain with her stylish marriage of form and function and eventu-ally becoming a major exporter to the North American market.
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