Published 2nd May 2012
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.
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.
Fairyland Lustre - Daisy Makeig-Jones was written on Wednesday, 2nd May 2012.