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Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre / Daisy Makeig-Jones

Of all of Wedgwood's ware, the most highly prized and keenly sought are the company's range of Fairyland Lustre.

Fairyland Lustre was the name given to a range of ornamental lustre wares by "Daisy" Makeig-Jones (full name, Susannah Margaretta "Daisy" Makeig-Jones (1881–1945) who was a designer and artist for Wedgwood.

Daisy Makeig-Jones was born in Wath-upon-Dearne near Rotherham in Yorkshire, the eldest of seven children, and she came from a professional background.

After attending boarding school and studying the Torquay School of Art, she joined Wedgwood in 1909, aged in her late twenties. The first fairyland Lustre was produced from her designs in 1915.

Fairyland Lustre is characterised by bright underglaze colours, commercial lustres and printed figures (often elves and fairies), scenes and landscapes.

The wares produced fall into three main categories, most items being bowls, jars and vases of various shapes and designs of which there were about 32 designs), and not seen so frequently, plates and plaques, for which there were about 12 designs of each. The names given to the designs, reflected the subject matter, examples being "Willow Fairyland", "Imps on a Bridge and Tree House", "The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of", and "Firbolgs and "Thumbelina."

As production increased, Makeig-Jones took on an increasingly supervisory role. Consequently, She did not decorate some later Fairyland Lustre pieces and collectors should check that pieces bear her original monogram and not one from an engraved plate.

Daisy Makeig-Jones retired in 1931 and only one new pattern was designed after that date. Production of the range continued until 1941, and once all the stock had been sold there was little interest in the range until a revival in popularity in the 1960s, leading to a consequent rise in prices which has since been maintained, making Fairyland Lustre one of the most valuable and collectable types of Wedgwood porcelain.

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