Eva Zeisel, an extremely rare and early glaze and design test for the Pals decoration pattern on a Platter painted by Zeisel herself, Eva Zeisel Fine Stoneware, Monmouth Pottery, Western Stoneware Company, Monmouth, Illinois, circa 1953-1954. Unmarked. Underside with applied tape on which is written ‘Ross-Cooper.’ Dia.: 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm). 1620-086.
Provenance: Estate of Bette Cooper
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.