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Fairyland Lustre vase in Pagoda shape - c.1916

Fairyland lustre vase in Pagoda shape, © Wedgwood Museum
    Fairyland lustre vase in Pagoda shape
    © Wedgwood Museum

Bone china vase and cover; shape 2046 Pagoda pattern Z4968 'Jewelled Tree' and 'Copper Trees Panels'.

Bone china vase and cover; shape 2046 Pagoda pattern Z4968 'Jewelled Tree' and 'Copper Trees Panels'.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: (portland vase motif)
    WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [Printed]
    Z4968
    [Painted]
    F
    [Painted]
    2046
    [Incised]
  • Year produced: c.1916
  • Body: Bone china
  • Decoration: lustre
  • Accession number: 9903, 9903a

Related people

  • 'Daisy' Makeig-Jones

    'Daisy' Makeig-Jones (1880 - 1944)

    Susannah Margaretta "Daisy" Makeig-Jones was a pottery designer for Wedgwood. She is best known for her range of "Fairyland Lustre" pottery.The daughter of a doctor, she was born in Rotherham. After her family moved to Torquay she entered the Torquay School of Art. She joined Wedgwood in 1909, after gaining an introduction to the managing director Cecil Wedgwood through a relative. Both of Cecil's daughters married brothers of hers. According to factory history, Daisy was asked to leave Wedgwood in 1930. She refused to go, maintaining she was part of the family. She left of her own accord not long afterwards making the dramatic gesture of smashing her pots as she went!

Glossary

  • Bone china

    Bone china

    A porcelain made from clay and feldspathic rock with the addition of about 50 percent of calcined animal bone. Josiah Wedgwood II introduced bone china at the Wedgwood Etruria factory in 1812.

  • Fairyland Lustre

    Fairyland Lustre

    Fairyland Lustre, considered one of Wedgwood's best known ceramic ranges, was the project of one designer - Daisy Makeig-Jones - in the 1920's. Although the fashion at the time was for Art Deco and geometric patterns, Fairyland Lustre became very popular as it caught the imagination of a public  jaded by the First World War.

    It's success stemmed from using ancient techniques of mixing gold, silver and copper metallic oxide pigments in oil and painting them on to pottery. When fired the metal melted into a thin lustrous reflective film which gave an indescent effect.The complexity of the process and raw material costs gave an 'expensive' air to the products thus produced.Fairyland Lustre was, nevertheless, considered a commercial success for Wedgwood.

    Fairyland Lustre went out of production when Daisy Makeig-Jones left Wedgwood in 1931. Considered very influential at the time Fairyland Lustre is still greatly sought after today.