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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 has been a director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood since 2003 and heads up the Ceramics and Glass Department. He is part of the team specialising in Chinese ceramics and works of art.

Nic's first career was in the Armed Forces where he served both as a military parachutist and paramedic. He joined a firm of Somerset auctioneers in early 1995 and Bearnes during a period of expansion in June 2000.

His effervescent nature, sense of humour, broad knowledge and experience has seen him appear as an expert for BBC television programmes. He undertakes regular talks to both academic and general interest groups talking on subjects as diverse as Staffordshire pottery and pop culture, Chinese porcelain and the troubled relationship between Britain and the Orient, the English drinking glass and the Donyatt potters.

He is an occasional contributor of articles for national and local publications and is equally fascinated by the stories attached to pots as he is about the objects themselves.

His personal interests include Oriental and domestic pottery, but especially that produced in the West Country.

Accompanied by his Lurcher Stickey, he is a keen Moorland walker (but only in the winter), an increasingly slow runner and a chaotic cook who always eats his own mistakes and, yes of course, he collects pottery!