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Trio: C.21A-C-2020

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Designer: Cooper, Susie
Maker: Susie Cooper China Ltd.




Bone china, moulded, aerographed in blue enamel, decorated with sgrafitto, black enamel and gold.

Bone china, moulded, aerographed in blue enamel, decorated with sgrafitto, black enamel and gold

Trio in 'Quail' shape, with blue 'Lion and Unicorn' Festival of Britain pattern.
Teacup (A), bone china, with slightly everted rim, raised on small flared foot; with loop handle. Interior decorated with a turquoise blue coating with sgrafitto design of a dancing unicorn and two streamers. Gold band encircles the blue towards the rim of the cup; gold touches to unicorns horn and hooves; thin gold line down handle and around footrim; one streamer finished in black.
Saucer (B), bone china, circular with recessed centre. Decorated on the upper side with a wide turquoise blue band, with sgrafitto design of two streamers. Gold band encircles the blue towards the rim, gold spots inside one streamer. One streamer finished in black. Flat within gutter inside footrim.
Side plate (C), bone china, circular with indented centre and slightly convex sides. Decorated on the upper side with a turquoise blue coating with sgrafitto design of a rampant lion with a gold crown. Gold band encircles the blue, towards the rim of the plate.


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

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1951


This trio and a corresponding example in maroon (C.20A-C-2020) represent a pattern designed by Cooper for the Festival of Britain, 1951. Susie Cooper produced 40 place settings of this complex design with hand-painted gold detailing for the Royal Pavilion at the Festival of Britain 1951, and additional shapes were made for the Festival itself. The ‘Quail’ shape was also introduced in 1951; it drew attention to the elegance of bone china and was used for many years.

Components of the work

Saucer Diameter 15 cm Height 2 cm
Side Plate Diameter 17 cm Height 1.5 cm
Cup Diameter 17 cm Height 6 cm

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Susie Copper/*/BONE CHINA/ENGLAND
  • Location: Underside of base of cup, saucer and side plate
  • Method of creation: Printed in gold
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.21A-C-2020
Primary reference Number: 279205
Entry form number: 511
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 17 December 2020 Updated: Thursday 6 January 2022 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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