Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre

Wedgwood ‘Fairyland’ lustre vase‘Fairyland’ may not exist but the idea of an idyllic place inhabited by fairies, goblins and elves certainly is one that appeals to most children and even some adults.

While Wedgwood Fairyland lustre ware may not be as unattainable, it is an unusual design and is sought after by collectors all over the world.

Pictured right: A Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vase – decorated with the ‘Candlemas’ pattern, of gently tapering ovoid form, richly gilt and painted in colours with vertical bands of climbing elves and panels of fairies in a fantastical landscape, printed factory mark and painted number ‘Z5157/A’, 20cm high.

Manufactured by the Wedgwood factory from 1915 to 1929 after original designs by Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881-1945), the ‘Fairyland’ line proved to be popular in the United States as well as in the UK. Credited with helping improve Wedgwood’s struggling profits, Makeig-Jones’ novel designs were far more than ‘pretty patterns’.

Daisy Makeig-Jones prided herself on creating stories and hidden worlds with fantastical themes, using rich jewel-like colours and imaginative details. With expressive titles such as ‘Fairy Gondola’, ‘Butterfly Women’ and ‘Leap-frogging Elves’, her work appealed to the public possibly as they offered a form of escapism during the difficult post-war years.

Wedgwood stopped the ‘Fairyland’ lustre ware line in 1929 due to an apparent lack of interest. Today the enthusiasm for Makeig-Jones’ work is as strong as it ever was, possibly even more so than when the designs were first introduced in the 1920s.

Interest in the artist’s work has been further enhanced by various Art Deco exhibitions featuring examples of her work including one at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in September, 1990; an exhibition of ‘Wedgwood Fairyland and Other Lustres’ at the Long Beach Museum of Art, in September, 2001; and an exhibition comprising solely of her work from the Collection of Maurice Kawashima at the San Diego Museum of Art in 2005.

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Price Guide

A selection of realised prices form auction houses and auctions

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre 'Poplar Trees' Pattern Bowl designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre ‘Poplar Trees’ Pattern Bowl designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones
Sold for £800 at McTears, April 2018.

Wedgwood fairyland lustre bowl exterior pattern woodland bridge

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl Exterior Pattern Woodland Bridge.
Sold for 2,600 AUD at Barsby Auctioneers, June 2018.

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Ghostly Wood Malfrey Vase and Cover

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Ghostly Wood Malfrey Vase and Cover
Sold for £29,500 at Sworders, Jan 2013.

A 1920s Fairyland Lustre octagonal bowl decorated in the Geisha or Angels pattern

A 1920s Fairyland Lustre octagonal bowl decorated in the Geisha or Angels pattern.
Sold for £1.750 at Fieldings, March 2018.

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre For Sale

Large Wedgwood Makeig-Jones Fairyland Lustre Pearl Dragon Octagonal Bowl #Z4829

£270.00
End Date: Tuesday Nov-6-2018 16:24:35 GMT
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Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Dragon Melba Cup Z4829 MINT!

£250.00
End Date: Thursday Oct-25-2018 16:34:54 BST
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WEDGWOOD FAIRYLAND LUSTRE BOWL BY DAISY MAKEIG JONES

£44.99
End Date: Saturday Oct-20-2018 21:05:31 BST
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Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre CANDLEMAS Malfrey Pot - VERY RARE

£2,950.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-7-2018 11:07:40 GMT
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Art Deco Wedgwood Daisy Makeig Jones Fairyland Lustre Bowl Circa 1920 Z4968

£1,295.00
End Date: Tuesday Oct-23-2018 17:54:44 BST
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Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre FIRBOLGS and THUMBELINA Pattern Octagonal Bowl

£499.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-7-2018 11:09:35 GMT
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WEDGWOOD FAIRYLAND LUSTRE BOWL DAISY MAKEIG-JONES C1920

£275.00
End Date: Tuesday Nov-6-2018 14:30:48 GMT
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OFFER XXL Green Wedgwood lustre Fairyland Octagonal Dragon bowl Makeig Jones

£365.00
End Date: Tuesday Nov-6-2018 7:06:01 GMT
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OFFER Wedgwood lustre Fairyland Wu Sun Barbarian china bowl Daisy Makeig Jones

£185.00
End Date: Wednesday Oct-24-2018 16:42:29 BST
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Large Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre footed bowl designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones

£400.00
End Date: Saturday Nov-10-2018 6:28:38 GMT
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