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Spotlight This Fairyland Lustre vase is reported to be the largest piece to be made. It is decorated with a large amber colored dragon with gilded highlights rising up from the ocean. A second smaller dragon stands on a green grass ground. Fishing boats are visible around the dragon as well as islands and trees. A yellow bird and a red bird fly above with the red bird flying backwards. The long neck with wide flaring mouth is decorated with gilded buildings rising up to the heavens with fairies and bubbles floating above. Twyford garlands decorate the neck of the vase. Interior of the mouth is decorated with a flaming wheel border. All set against a rich blue background. Signed on the underside with Portland vase mark, "Wedgwood Made in England" and "Z4968" as well as an Issod Collection paper label.

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Notable This Fairyland Lustre Melba centre bowl has interior decoration of jumping faun. Sides of the interior have alternating black and brown trees with water in the background and a distant shore visible. The shoreline is lined with numerous figures of brown and black fairies while the tree foliage is rich green with yellow centers and the willow tree is violet. The medallion at the bottom of the interior is surrounded by stylized fish against a blue background. The exterior is decorated in the Garden of Paradise pattern which displays bright green trees, black pillars and a city in the background. All set against a violet sky. Bowl is signed on the underside with gold Portland vase mark, "Wedgwood Made in England", "Z4968" as well an Issod Collection paper label.

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Julia's World-Class
Experts: John W. Keene,
MSG (USA Retired)
Class III Weapons

by Mark Ford, CEO
J. Keene James D. Julia, Inc. is excited to announce that Mr. Keene, who has been consulting with James D. Julia and sister company Poulin's since 1997 on special projects, has accepted a staff position with Julia's. This appointment further strengthens Julia's second-to-none firearms team, already well established as the finest in the industry. Keene is responsible for identifying, evaluating, appraising, and cataloging specialty military firearms for auction. He specializes in Class III machine guns from the first half of the 20th century. He also has expertise with machine guns from the 1950s onward, as well as last century military firearms. Complementing this encyclopedic knowledge is his understanding of the complex rules and regulations associated with different machine gun classes as defined by the Bureau of Alcohol,... read more...
What's It Worth

 This Fairyland Lustre vase is decorated with Imps on a Bridge Tree House pattern. The vase portrays brown imps walking across a bridge with bright green bushes behind and an orange Roc bird flying above, an imp in a yellow canoe paddles below while a black fairy looks on from the left. Two winged fairies appear to be working on the tree house which has a green tile roof set against a pink and crimson sky. The bulbous bottom of the vase has a flaming wheel border against a blue background while the lip of the vase is bordered by black stylized leaves and blue and white flowers. Vase is signed on the underside with gold Portland vase mark, "Wedgwood Made in England" and "Z4968." This vase is estimated at $25-35,000.

If you have a rare lamp or glass item and want to know "What's it Worth," please take a picture and email it to us at lg@jamesdjulia.com. We are always looking for consignments of rare and valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

Excerpt from A New Age for Wedgwood by Nicole Jordan, Ars Ceramica No. 25 2009
Daisy Makeig-Jones once said of her creative process, "Mix all the colours in Decoration and Design and no one can say they are wrong." Her unorthodox design philosophy becomes evident when one views Daisy's multicolored wares, whose style depended heavily upon her childhood infatuation with mythology and fairy lore. It was also in close accordance with contemporary trends in European ceramics, with their intense, glowing colors, fluid and organic decoration, and heavy gilding.

The outstanding feature of her work was the lustre, an iridescent effect obtained by firing the objects with various metallic oxides. Daisy created two ranges of ware: the socalled Ordinary Lustres, featuring such motifs as butterflies and Chinese dragons, and the Fairyland Lustres, whose imagery included fairies, elves, imps, goblins, and other fantastic creatures. She produced dozens of distinct Fairyland Lustre designs, which were applied to a variety of shapes of vases, bowls, trays, covered vessels, and plaques.

When Fairyland Lustre appeared in 1914, Wedgwood's bone china was primarily used for tea and table wares. By 1916, Daisy's lustreware had helped secure the company's

Moorish/Smoke & Ribbons bowl
Moorish/Smoke & Ribbons bowl

reputation, for the first time in the history of Wedgwood, as THE manufacturer of the most sought after bone china ornamental ware. Daisy's luster patterns dominated Wedgwood's production throughout the 1920s. However, between 1929 and 1931, a combination of events led to the beginning of the end of Fairyland Lustre production. These included the American stock market crash of 1929; the declining popularity of jewel colors and decorated wares in favor of plainer, more muted colors and monotonous designs; and the death of one of Fairyland Lustre's greatest champions, Wedgwood Chairman Frank Wedgwood (1867-1930), who had succeeded Cecil after his death in World War I. His successor, Josiah Wedgwood V, made no secret of his distaste for Fairyland Lustre. In

April 1931, after Daisy had been at Wedgwood for over two decades, she was asked by Josiah V to retire. She ignored his request and continued working as usual. Wedgwood responded by discontinuing twenty-three of her patterns; fourteen remained in stock, while others would only be produced by special order. Shortly afterwards, following a heated argument with Josiah V, Daisy threw a tantrum that is legendary at Wedgwood even today, breaking a large number of remaining molds, instructing her assistants to destroy the remaining stock, and then storming out of the gates of the factory, never to be seen at Wedgwood again.

Detail of a Woodland Bridge Punchbowl

Detail of a Woodland Bridge Punchbowl

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