fakes & reproductions
How do we decide if an item is a fake or classify it as a reproduction?
As far as we are concerned here at the SCIS a fake is any item which has been produced in any way that attempts to mimic or reproduce a piece of Susie Cooper with the sole intention of deceiving the buyer into believing they are purchasing a rare or unusual item and constitutes an attempt to de-fraud the buyer . In these cases more often than not the seller or producer of such an item knows exactly what they are about to do. Unfortunately, on odd occasions some pieces come onto the market which are not intended to deceive, but because of the way they are marketed, they too become a danger to collectors, so for that reason, these too have ended up in our fakes section.
A couple of points to bear in mind. It is not always possible for us to post images of fakes we encounter, often if we come across a fake and approach the seller they are not too keen for us to publish their images and because of copyright laws we can not just lift the images and use them anyway - we could end up in trouble for breach of that person's copyright! So all images shown are re-produced with permission of the owners at the time the pictures were taken.
The second point we should make here, is that, often fakes travel around the antiques trade before ending up in the hand of the inexperienced who may offer such items for sale without any knowledge of what they are selling. So remember to do your research and if an item sets alarm bells ringing, trust your instincts. The forums are a good place to ask advice if you suspect something you have seen is 'not quite right.'
Reproductions covers items produced either by Wedgwood who retain rights to certain designs or are produced with the full agreement of the copyright and trademark holders of Susie Cooper's work. These items are usually always fully marked to indicate that they are reproductions or special editions
We have also decided to include details of some of the toby jugs and figurines made in recent years in the reproductions section.