Wedgwood Fairyland lustre bowl, circa 1920; the exterior decorated in the 'Woodland Elves IV' pattern, with clusters of tall gilded fruit trees and spiderwebs, fairies and mythical creatures flying between, the interior with further decoration in lustre and gilding, of a mythical landscape with winged beasts and magical creatures amongst fruit trees and willow, with pagodas and palaces in the background, the central roundel with swimming fish and arrowhead bands, the base with black printed mark containing a Portland vase above 'Wedgwood Made in England Z5462'
Diameter: 21.7 cm. (8.1/8 in.), height: 9.5 cm (3.3/4 in.)
Susannah Margaretta ‘Daisy’ Makeig-Jones was born in 1881 in a small mining village near Rotherham, where her father was a GP. She joined Wedgwood as a trainee in 1909 at which time the factory was no longer as successful or considered so innovative as it once had been. She was promoted to lead designer in 1914, and in due course, Makeig-Jones brought fresh life to Wedgwood with her marvellous glazes and whimsical designs; her innovative wares, particularly her 'fairlyland lustre' series, soon gained a huge following. In 2015, a major exhibition of Makeig-Jones' work called 'Casting a Spell: Ceramics by Daisy Makeig-Jones' was held at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York. For more information, visit the NMWA website.