Eva Zeisel, an extremely rare test of the Feathered Friends decoration pattern on a Platter or Chop Plate, Monmouth Pottery, Western Stoneware Company, Eva Zeisel Fine Stoneware, Monmouth, Illinois, circa 1953-1954. The underside with a label from the firm identifying the test piece as "number 729 for Mrs. Zeisel of Feathered Friends." Dia. of Platter: 13 3/4 in. (34.5 cm). 1620-115
Provenance: Estate of Bette Cooper
Exhibited: San Diego, Mingei International Museum, “Eva Zeisel: Extraordinary Designer at 100,” 10 December 2006-12 April 2007; Los Angeles, Craft and Folk Art Museum, “Eva Zeisel: Extraordinary Designer at 100,” 9 September-30 December 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.