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Fairyland Lustre - Daisy Makeig-Jones

Nic Saintey wonders whether Devon Pixies may have had an influence on the Fairyland Lustre designs of Daisy Makeig-Jones.

A Vase by Daisy Makeig-Jones that will be offered in the July 2012 Fine Sale
            with a pre-sale estimate of between £1,800 and £2,200.

A Vase by Daisy Makeig-Jones that will be offered in the July 2012 Fine Sale with a pre-sale estimate of between £1,800 and £2,200.

As Devon based auctioneers, it is always pleasing to lay claim to a ceramic superstar as one of our own. So whilst Daisy Makeig-Jones is widely known for her quirky Fairyland Lustre, it is less well known that she was trained at the Torquay School of Art in South Devon before joining Wedgwood in 1909.

The Torquay School of Art building at which Daisy Makeig-Jones trained before leaving
            Devon to join Wedgwood in 1909.

The Torquay School of Art building at which Daisy Makeig-Jones trained before leaving Devon to join Wedgwood in 1909.

Whilst her near Art Deco contemporaries were forward looking and favoured machine age and dramatic abstract designs, Daisy Makeig-Jones went the other way for Wedgwood and favoured the old world drama of Hans Christain Andersen, the Oriental and the Peter Pan-esque. She did however tip her cap to modernity by favouring sumptuous iridescent and metallic finishes.

Daisy Makeig-Jones's designs for the Fairyland Lustre range do have a child like appeal, but often tinged with a hint of something more sinister. Her patterns include Imps on a Bridge, Candlemas, Big Eyes and Ghostly Wood and were inhabited by Fauns, Elves and Firbolgs.

In our forthcoming Fine Sale on the 12th July 2012, we have a vase in the rather tamely named Pillar pattern, but still containing dragons, gondolas, far Eastern castles and all manner of little people. Estimated at £1,800-£2,200, it will find a new home far from the Devon coast that was instrumental in its conception.

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  • Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
  • Fine Sale
  • Ceramics
  • Daisy Makeig-Jones
  • Wedgwood
  • Devon Ceramics

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About the Author

Nic SainteyNic Saintey
Ceramics and Glass

Nic Saintey is a Director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, with responsibility for marketing and advertising. He is also Head of the Ceramics and Glass Department.

Nic Saintey's first career was in the Armed Forces where he served both as a military parachutist and paramedic in Europe, North America, East Africa and the Middle East.

He joined Lawrence’s of Crewkerne in early 1995 before moving to their Taunton branch as a general valuer and saleroom manager.

Nic joined Bearne’s in June 2000 to head up the expanding ceramic department, before joining the Board in 2003. His effervescent nature and wide experience has seen him regularly appear as an expert on the BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Flog It programmes.

He undertakes regular talks and contributes articles to both Devon and Cornwall Life magazines. His interests particularly include pottery in general, but especially that produced in Donyatt and North Devon, he is a keen runner and has recently taken up motor sport at a local circuit.