Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre

With two fairyland lustre bowls in Abington Auction’s Fall Sale, ending October 26, 2016, one similar that was featured in the below article on Antiques and Fine Art Magazine in an article by Harold B. Nelson. I found the below article to be intriguing:


Figure 1: Fairyland series by Daisy Makeig-Jones. “Castle on the Road”. Octagonal shape. Crisp detailed decorations, 24K gold trim, circa 1917


Figure 2: interior of Figure 1


Figure 3: Fairyland series by Daisy Makeig-Jones. “Celestial Dragons”. Octagonal shape. Crisp detailed decorations, 24K gold trim, early 1900’s


Figure 4: interior of Figure 3

“The Staffordshire-based ceramics factory established in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood (1730–1795), now known by the name of its founder, became widely acclaimed soon thereafter for the high quality of its functional and ornamental wares as well as its commitment to technological innovation. In this vein, Wedgwood, with partner Thomas Bentley (1730–1780), first explored lustre glazes in the 1770s in an effort to simulate the appearance of precious metals in ceramics. The company continued to produce ceramic bodies with lustre glazes into the nineteenth century—their variegated, silver, and gold lustreware reaching a height of fashion in the 1810 to 1820 period. Wedgwood’s handcraft studio revived its production of lustreware in the early twentieth century, and by 1915 the wares were once again a commercial success.

Between 1915 and 1930, Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881–1945) designed for Wedgwood a popular lustreware based on imagery from illustrated childrens’ books of the 1890s through the 1910s, aptly called “Fairyland Lustre.” The heavily detailed, brightly hued ornamental ware—a far cry from the soberly colored, classically inspired jasperware for which Wedgwood is so well known—became hugely popular in the 1920s as people looked for fantasy and escape in the wake of the horrors of World War I.

To elaborate on her designs, in 1921, Makeig-Jones wrote Some Glimpses of Fairyland, in which she recorded her own versions of popular fairy tales and invented new ones. In one story, Makeig-Jones describes the adventures of two little boys who one day venture forth from home and down a well that leads them to the Land of the Fays. They are treated well by the Fays (fairies), who eventually return the boys to their home and give them apples, plums, and pears by which to remember them. The story relays that this is how apples, pears, and plums were first brought to Europe and notes that, to the little boys, the fruit had never tasted as good as in the Land of the Fays.

Makeig-Jones’s design “Castle on a Road,” introduced in 1917, depicts two disparate vistas on adjoining panels—one, a landscape of contemporary Europe, the other, the Land of the Fays (Fig. 1). The world of reality and the world of fantasy are juxtaposed in ideal harmony.

Usually off-view, this opulent bowl, one of the most serene designs produced for Wedgwood by Makeig-Jones, is featured in the exhibition Imps on a Bridge: Wedgwood Fairyland and Other Lustres, presented at the Long Beach Museum of Art through September 9, 2001.”

It was in the 1930’s that wedgwood, saved from bankruptcy by designs like Makeig-Jones, decided it would go in a different direction.  With a new art director, the innovative designer of the Fairyland Lustre wares was asked to step down from her position.


Below watch TV star appraiser Nick Dawes appraise the above collection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre (Fig 5) on the Antiques Roadshow:–200503A51

Slag Glass: a brief introduction

american_bronze_and_yellow_slag_glass_chandelier_c1910543_2Slag glass, as we know it today, originated in England in the late 19th century as a means to produce attractive glass works with a new and exciting look for a lower cost. Formed in part as a byproduct from the iron smelting process, slag glass was being made by many different manufacturing companies in England and in America.  Rising to new levels of popularity in the early 1900’s, slag glass is no longer produced as it once was.  Though production has lagged, slag glass chandeliers and lamps are beautiful accent pieces to add to your modern home.


“Since the process of making slag glass was shrouded in a certain amont of mystery, stories sprang up to try and account for the process behind the effects. For example, it was a good bet that Sowerby’s Blue Nugget color of 1883 was the result of adding cadmium to molten glass, but how to explain Gold Nugget? Stories soon spread that John George Sowerby, son of the company’s founder, was tossing gold sovereigns into batches of amber glass to create this dramatic hue.”

Although it is unlikely that this American bronze and yellow slag glass chandelier, circa 1900, contains gold sovereigns, it certainly makes for an interesting dinner conversation.

american_bronze_and_yellow_slag_glass_chandelier_c1910543_1To view the above lot online click the link below, live until October 4th, 2016. To view in person you are welcome to join us for our open house on October 1, from 1-5pm Please RSVP at

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Auction Highlights | Everard & Company’s Fine Art and Antiques from Southern Estates and Collections

Everard Auctions and Appraisals is pleased to present their online auction of ‘Fine Art and Antiques from Southern Estates and Various Owners’. The auction will take place through March 3rd at

620951_052The auction features a stellar group of Contemporary prints by such artists as Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Robert Motherwell, Bridget Riley and Helen Frankenthaler. One of the standouts of this group is Warhol’s iconic image of Marilyn in a dramatic color wave of green, red and yellow purchased in 1968 from the revered Miami art dealer Dorothy Blau.



Other highlights include two paintings by the Polish-born Ohio-based artist Julian Stanczak. Stanczak, a student of Joseph Albers, held his first show in 1964 and was influential during the early op-art movement. These two works are from his window series created in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s and were purchased directly from the artist in the 1980’s.


Also up for offer are drawings and prints by Ashcan school artists such as Bellows, Glackens, Henri, Luks, Shinn and Sloan. Works by other American artists include Benton, Betts, Curry, Davies, Hurd, Roseland, Shahn, Wiggins and Wood.


The auction also includes American and European decorative arts, European paintings. sterling silver including Tiffany, Asian Art and jewelry.

An opening reception will be held at 2436 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA on February 29th from 5-7pm to kick off the auction exhibition, which will be held on March 1st and 2nd from 10am to 5pm daily or by appointment. The sale can also be viewed online at Bidding ends on March 3rd.

About Everard Auctions- Since 2003, Everard Auctions and Appraisals has operated from Savannah, Georgia and holds fully catalogued online auctions on throughout the year.

Lark Mason Associates’ Senior Expert, Niki Tiliakos, is now an Appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow

See her Appraiser profile here: Niki Tiliakos

Watch her appraisal of a Chinese Jadeite & Diamond Ring, ca. 1920


“Niki Tiliakos has been the Senior Expert at Lark Mason Associates and iGavel Auctions in New York since 2006. She has also worked at Christie’s  in the Chinese Works of Art Department and Sotheby’s Arcade department as a consulting cataloger, working with American and European furniture, decorative art, and Asian art. Niki holds a degree from Barnard College and received her post-graduate diploma in Asian Art from Royal Holloway College, University of London, in partnership with the British Museum.”


Watch Clips from Season 19 of Antiques Roadshow starring iGavel Associate Seller: John Buxton


05/31/14: Sioux Indian Catlinite Pipes, ca. 1875 from Bismarck, Hour 3


06/07/14: Fake Kongo Fly Whisk from Santa Clara, Hour 1

06/21/14: Field Segment: African Carved Female Figure

06/28/14: Kuba “Bwoom” Helmet Mask, ca. 1900 from Austin, Hour 1


07/26/14: Yoruba Orisha Oko Shaft & Beaded Sheath from Chicago, Hour 2


08/09/14: Mezcala Figure & Mayan Pendant from New York City, Hour 2

08/16/14: Mexican Reproduction Statue from Charleston, Hour 3

08/16/14: Pre-Columbian Peruvian Implement from Charleston, Hour 2


Watch Clips from Season 19 of Antiques Roadshow starring iGavel Associate Seller: Lark Mason


05/31/14: Chinese Imperial Dress Uniform, ca. 1900 from Bismarck, Hour 2

05/31/14: Chinese Porcelain Vase, ca. 1900 from Bismarck, Hour 3


06/07/14: 17th-Century Chinese Transitional Wine Pot from Santa Clara, Hour 3

06/19/14: Chinese Export Huanghuali Cabinet, ca. 1740

06/21/14: Chinese Gilt Decorated Vase, ca. 1900 from Birmingham, Hour 3

06/28/15: Japanese Bronze Censer, ca. 1900 from Junk in the Trunk 5, Hour 1

06/28/14: Chinese Cloisonné Panel, ca. 1760 from Austin, Hour 2


07/26/14: Chinese Porcelain Water Buffalo, ca. 1880 from Chicago, Hour 1


08/09/14: Japanese Bronze Censer, ca. 1875 from New York City, Hour 1

08/16/14: Qing Dynasty Chinese Vases, ca. 1785 from Charleston, Hour 1







Watch Clips from Season 19 of Antiques Roadshow starring iGavel Associate Seller: Brian Witherell


05/31/14: Factory-Made Dining Table, ca. 1895 from Bismarck, Hour 1


06/07/14: Field Segment: Computer History Museum

06/07/14: American Dining Table, ca. 1895 from Santa Clara, Hour 1

06/21/14: Southern Ladderback Chair, ca. 1795 from Birmingham, Hour 3

06/28/14: Wurlitzer Model P10 Jukebox from Austin, Hour 3


07/19/14: Allen & Brother Parlor Table, ca. 1870 from Albuquerque, Hour 3


08/16/14: Symphonion Music Box from Charleston, Hour 3