Lot 289Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Ware Ghostly Wood Malfrey Pot and Cover
Decorated by Daisy Makeig-Jones, shape no. 2312, pattern no. Z4968, 1920s
Incised shape number and painted pattern mark, Portland Vase symbol and WEDGWOOD ENGLAND stamp mark in black.
Height 12 3/4 inches.
Cover professionally restored; body of vase in good condition overall
Most often known for classic design and "Wedgwood blue" in Jasperware, Wedgwood departed from its subdued colors with the creation of a completely innovative design aesthetic known as Fairyland lustre wares. To combat difficult financial times in the wake of the First World War, Wedgwood targeted the luxury and elite market with fanciful scenes and bright colors. Designed by Susannah Margaretta "Daisy" Makeig-Jones from 1916 until the 1930s, Fairyland lustre ware took inspiration from a variety of book illustrations, including the "Color Fairy Books" edited by Andrew Lang, and other literary tales. The present example was inspired by "The Legends of Croquemitaine" by Gustav Doré among other sources. Often referred to as the "Ghostly Wood" pattern, the bold underglaze enamels and gilding on this malfrey pot depict woods, ghosts, fairies, and goblins from the "Land of Illusion" tale in Doré's book. With no space left undecorated, fantastic characters and scenes include the white rabbit from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." A similar example is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
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