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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

Chinese Jade and Jadeite: a tradition spanning six millennia

Jadeite, a silicate mineral of the pyroxene group is one of several types of stones often used by Chinese craftsmen for carving works of art. It is not the same as jade, which is also called nephrite, but of different composition but also used extensively as a media for craftsmen in China.

set_of_three_chinese_green_jadeite_necklaces897_5Jade and jadeite are often confused and assumed to be the same stone. Jadeite has a crystalline structure and is composed of aluminum and sodium while jade is of calcium and magnesium and has a fibrous structure.


Set of Three Chinese Jadeite Necklaces, sold 10/27/15 $325,000



In early Chinese cultures jade was carved into ritual forms included in burial sites. Forms such as the cong, a hollowed rectangular tube; bi, a circular disk centered by a circular aperture; and the huang, a

Chinese Carved Jade Cong, Western Zhou with Later
Added Carved Inscription          bidding live to 10/20/16

semi-circular arc are a few of these                                          ritual forms jade-champion-vaseLater jade carvings often emulated early ritual bronze shapes such as the gu, a trumpet shaped wine vessel or ding, a deep-bodied food vessel raised on three usually cylindrical legs.
Chinese Qing Dynasty Jade Champion Vase, sold 11/13/13     $86,025.60jade-duck        Chinese Celadon Jade Duck, 18th century                    sold 11/02/11     $53,400

chinese_celadon_jade_finger_citron_box_18th_c293_5Small animals and amulets carved of jade represented zodiac figures or Buddhistic emblems and were carried for good luck or personal adornment. Larger carved figural groups represented mythological and Buddhistic subjects and these were often also associated with good luck or other attributes. An excellent example of a naturalistic form was sold by Lark Mason Associates on April 30, 2014 of a finger citron, sometimes referred to as a ‘buddha’s hand’ because of the finger-like appendages rising from one end. This example, in a pale green color frequently referred to as ‘celadon’ from the French, for pale green, also incorporated bright russet colored patches, typical of jade. It realized $162,000 at auction.

Jadeite was not extensively used as a carving material until the middle Qing dynasty and lavender-jademost examples of jadeite were created during the late Qing period and after the fall of the Qing dynasty. The most highly prized jadeite is that which is brilliant and translucent emerald green, often called ‘imperial jade’ but jadeite comes in a range of colors from a rich russet to stunning lavender. A rare example of lavender and brilliant green jadeite occurring in the same stone was sold in September 11, 2011 by Lark Mason Associates on the website. The large high-shouldered vase was principally in a deep, rich lavender jadeite and perched on the lip and encircling the open mouth, was a bright green coiled dragon forming the handle. The stunning use of color and clever carving helped this object realize $117,000 at auction. Jade and jadeite are two stones that were used to great effect by Chinese craftsmen and the best examples from all periods can be seen in major museums in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and others.

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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Thirty Days of Chinese Art | Day 13: Chinese Porcelain Famille Rose Pear Form ‘Landscape’ Vase, Republic Period


30 Days of Chinese art is a part of our efforts to celebrate LARK MASON’s upcoming AUCTION OF ASIAN WORKS OF ART. The items highlighted in the posts will be available for viewing during THE AUCTION of Asian Works of Art, April 15-30, 2014.

Chinese Porcelain Famille Rose Pear Form ‘Landscape’ Vase, Republic Period

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iGavel Auction Results – Week of May 14-21

Six Chinese Bronze Censers, 20th Century

Six Chinese Bronze Censers, 20th Century

iGavel showed strong results in our FR3SH and Locati Auctions’ Sales, with the top five lots generating $27,422 including buyer’s premium over 66 bids. Highlights from these lots include: Six Chinese Bronze Censers, 20th Century; Alfred Boucher (1850-1934), Au but, bronze; Chinese Porcelain Faux Bronze Jar, Modern; and a Chinese Deconstructed Robe, 19th Century.

Six Chinese Bronze Censers, 20th Century – This collection of six Chinese bronze censers achieved $ 8,101.20 over ten bids. These censers, most of tripod or bombe form, were extended into overtime bidding by two minutes and 26 seconds
Alfred BOUCHER (1850-1934), Au but, bronze
Alfred Boucher (1850-1934), Au but, bronze –  Named Au But (To the Goal), this bronze sculpture by Alfred Boucher is a fine example of form and motion from late 19th Century France. Hailing from a private German collection, the lot sold for $ 5,400.00

Chinese Porcelain Faux Bronze Jar, Modern
Chinese Porcelain Faux Bronze Jar – This faux bronze jar, composed of porcelain, achieved $ 5,280.00 after buyer’s premium on a total of 16 bids. The lot exhibited a last minute bidding frenzy, extending into overtime by 17 minutes and 24 seconds before closing.

Chinese Deconstructed Robe, 19th Century
Chinese Deconstructed Robe, 19th Century – This 19th Century Chinese robe was deconstructed at the seams and mounted, turning it into a fine decorative piece. After 13 bids and over 15 minutes of extended bidding, this lot closed at $ 3,120.00 with buyer’s premium.

Other highlights of the week include:

Hugh Cairns (1861 – 1942) Bronze Garden Sculpture
$ 2,160.00

Cambodian Redstone Head, Angkor Period
$ 2,013.60

Approximately 50 Glass, Porcelain, Stone, Composition, and Other Snuff Bottles, Modern
$ 1,926.00

Chinese Celadon Jade Carved Dragon Plaque, 16th/17th C., and a Celadon Jade Plaque, 20th C.
$ 1,921.20

Southeast Asian Bronze Seated Figure
$ 1,441.20

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