Eva Zeisel, a rare Pals decoration pattern Coaster or Butter Pat from Monmouth Pottery, Western Stoneware Company’s Eva Zeisel Fine Stoneware, Monmouth, Illinois, circa 1953-1954. Unmarked. Dia.: 4 in. (10 cm). 1620-048A
Provenance: Estate of Bette Cooper
Exhibited: San Diego, Mingei International Museum, “Eva Zeisel: Extraordinary Designer at 100,”10 December 2006-12 April 2007.
Note: Bette Cooper, co-author of Monmouth Western Stoneware (1983), was an unofficial archivist for the factory and collected examples of these works, including test pieces, as they came off the line. Her collection included numerous rarities. On this line, see Scott Vermillion, “Eva Zeisel Stoneware and Ironstone.” in Eva Zeisel: Life, Design, and Beauty, 2013, pp. 102-109.