Fairyland Lustre Torches Pillar Vase by Wedgwood For Sale
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Fairyland Lustre Torches Pillar Vase by Wedgwood

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This superb Wedgwood porcelain pillar vase is an extraordinary example of the company's magnificent Fairyland Lustre line. Exhibiting fiery colors and scenes from a fantastical world, Fairyland Lustre pieces are among the most coveted Wedgwood porcelain. This vase is beautifully hand-painted on every surface, with the lush Torches and Tree Serpent patterns encasing the exterior. In the imaginative design, two torches light the way along a curving stairway to a shining white palace, while a dragon-headed snake inches up a tree toward a nest of helpless birds Completed by a fiery pattern encircling the base, this vase flawlessly illustrates the heights that Fairlyland artistry reached. First envisioned by Wedgwood artist Daisy Makeig-Jones in 1915, the Fairyland line was vastly different from the factory's usual repertoire of neoclassical designs and subdued colors. Makeig-Jones' work was rooted in fairytales, and her designs burst with brilliant colors, coming alive with scenes of nymphs, elves and fairies romping through enchanted forests and make-believe lands. Makeig-Jones retired in 1931, ending the reign of Fairyland, though today these works remain highly sought after by collectors. Features Wedgwood stamp and pattern number Z5360 circa 1920 Measures: 5 1/2" diameter x 11 1/4" high.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 11.25 in. x Dm 5.5 in.H 28.58 cm x Dm 13.97 cm
  • Diameter
    5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Seller Reference Number
    30-8938
  • Reference Number
    LU891113757532
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About Wedgwood (Maker)

Arguably the most celebrated of all English ceramics makers, Wedgwood was founded in 1759 by Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795). The company is famed for its Jasperware — molded Neoclassical stoneware vases, plates and other pieces, inspired by ancient cameo glass, featuring white figures, scenes and decorative elements set in relief on a matte colored background. The best-known background hue is light blue, but Wedgwood’s iconic silhouettes also appear on green, lilac, yellow, black and even white grounds. Some pieces use three or more colors.


     The Wedgwood firm first came to prominence for its tableware, which quickly gained favor in aristocratic households throughout Britain and Europe. In 1765, Wedgwood was commissioned to create a cream-colored earthenware service for Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. The queen was so thrilled with her new china that Wedgwood was given permission to call himself “Potter to Her Majesty,” and the decorative style became known as Queen’s Ware. Not to be outdone, Catherine the Great of Russia commissioned her own set of Wedgwood china in 1773. Nearly 200 years later, the firm created a 1,200-piece service for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In recent years, leading designers including Jasper Conran and Vera Wang have collaborated with Wedgwood — in the tradition of such distinguished 18th century artists such as the painter George Stubbs and metalsmith Matthew Boulton.


     From plates and other dinnerware to decorative items like urns, cachepots and candlesticks, Wedgwood designs lend a traditional air to Anglophile interiors. And even if you have to make your own tea, you may find it comforting to sip it from a delicate cup that was manufactured in the same Stoke-on-Trent kiln that produced Her Majesty’s tea service. Be sure to keep your pinky raised.

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