A SALEROOM FULL OF FAIRIES

We hold the second of our quarterly catalogue sales on Saturday, 4th June. The star of the show is undoubtedly lot 1. The piece in question is a wonderful Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre bowl by Daisy Makeig-Jones. It is often said that Daisy must have had fairies living at the bottom of her garden and, after weeks of marvelling at the fantastical design, I find it hard to disagree!

In 1909 the eccentric Daisy talked herself into a job with Wedgwood as an apprentice painter and then, a couple of years later, convinced management that she could design, too.

The Fairyland Lustre design was released in 1915 after a couple of years of producing lustre patterns of fish, fruit and chinoiserie. Many saw her bold and fanciful designs as an escape from the horrors from which the war had brought. Daisy’s rise was quite unusual, not only because she was a woman, but also because she rose from within the company’s ranks, an exception to the well-known designers that Wedgwood normally brought in from outside.

Across the Atlantic the Fairyland range was immensely popular during the 1920’s enabling Wedgwood to penetrate the American market. Unfortunately the economic downturn of the 1930’s saw the Art Nouveau fairies fade from fashion and it was no surprise when the line was discontinued. Daisey left Wedgwood in 1931 and died in 1945 but, like many talented artists, she left behind a creative legacy that has long outlived her.

There has been abundant pre-sale interest from both sides of the Atlantic and we expect it to be hotly contested!

The sale also benefits from a strong picture section boasting works by or after Eduardo Paolozzi, Beryl Cook, James MacBeth, Henry Moore, and Antoine Blanchard.