Fairyland Lustre was the brainchild of a painter at Wedgwood, Susannah Margetta ‘Daisy’ Makeig-Jones. She started work at Wedgwood in 1909 and quickly rose up through the ranks.
Introduced in 1915, the Fairyland Lustre range blended fantasy landscapes with bright colours, all picked out in gold. Her inspiration coming from fantasy stories in children’s books and designs on Asian porcelain. Most production was of bowls, jars and vases and to a lesser extent plates and plaques.
To a war ravaged country, its escapist themes of pixies and elves came as a breath of fresh air. Although expensive and complex to produce, it proved a great success and sold in large quantities. Another huge boost to production was its popularity in America.
However, by the early 1930’s the designs had fallen out of favour and the great depression brought an end to its success. Makeig-Jones left the factory in 1931.
It is highly collectable today, particularly those examples from the earlier 1920,s when Makeig-Jones was still decorating and signing each piece....latterly she took on a supervisory role.
The lustre is delicate and fragile by nature, therefore condition is paramount, and collectors pay a large premium for items that are free of damage.
We have sold some stunning examples of Fairyland lustre in recent years and prices are strong.
We hold three dedicated fine ceramic auctions per year at our state-of-the-art salerooms just 2 minutes from the A1, in Newcastle, and are the leading auction house in the North East of England.
If you would like to arrange for a free pre-sale valuation at our Newcastle auction house please contact us on 0191 430300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer an online valuation service - simply input the details about your piece/s of fairyland lustre and we will be in touch, usually within 48 hours.
Daisy Makeig-Jones for Wedgwood: a ''Sunset Fairyland Lustre'' punch bowl,
Sold for £1,800
Wedgwood 'fairyland' lustre realistic fish trumpet shaped vase,
Sold for £520
Daisy Makeig-Jones for Wedgwood: a flame Fairyland Lustre ''York Cup''
Sold for £780
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