Wedgwood Fairyland Fairy Gondola Flame Lustre Chalice Bowl Circa 1920
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A beautiful hand painted Fairyland Lustre porcelain Chalice Bowl "Fairy Gondola", circa 1920s, designed by daisy Makeig-Jones for Wedgwood. The circular bowl raised on circular foot and knop, printed and painted in colors and highlighted with gilding, the exterior decorated on the exterior with Twyford Garlands pattern against a flame background. The interior of the bowl is decorated with a variation of Fairy Gondola against a flame background. Base is marked with the Wedgewood mark, numbered Z3360A and bears the 1982 Institute of Fine Art W.S.N.Y Paper label.
SIZE: 10-3/4in. dia. x 6-1/8in. high.
CONDITION: Very good to excellent with some very minor scratches to interior bottom of the bowl, No chips, cracks or repairs (checked under black-light).
An example of the bowl is illustrated in the book Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre by Una DesFontaines on page 117, plate 21. Bowl is signed on the underside with Portland vase mark "WEDGWOOD MADE IN ENGLAND Z-5360". In the book Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre by Una des Fontaines, pages 117-119, photo page 119, plate 22 and page 117, plate 21.
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The Fairyland Lustre design was created by Daisy Makeig-Jones. She started her career at Wedgwood in 1909. Between 1916 and 1941 she was chiefly responsible for the creation and expansion of the Fairyland Lustre line. You could buy something from the line as late as 1941. However, production basically halted in 1931 due to the global recession. Only 14 of the 101 pattern designs were available for sale after 1931. Most of the most important Lustre pieces were executed in the 1920s.
Fairyland Lustre is popular today because it is completely different not only from what Wedgwood was making at the time, but it was a totally unique look. Most of the china used black or orange as the background color. It was then decorated with fairies, elves, goblins, and ghosts of all colors and sizes.
Fairyland Lustre is probably the most valuable type of Wedgwood ceramics, and certainly one of the most valuable and collectible Antique Porcelain categories in general. 99% are large bowls and vases that usually fetch anywhere between $4,000 and $6,000 at the auction. Pieces of unusual shape or pattern can bring a bit more, $7,000 to $9,000. Lily trays go for about $4,000. Large covered vases are the most expensive. They have been selling for $20,000, even $30,000 a piece. The condition is VERY important. Any damage, even a minor one such as a small hairline or a chip, reduces the value dramatically and often makes a piece practically worthless. Almost all lustre has some gilt wear. Glaze scratches are also common. That does not affect the value much, if at all.
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- 20th Cent.
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