Dating wedgwood lustre ware dragonfly, shop by category
One of the earlier patterns introduced by Wedgwood, it was inspired by the fairy tale The Garden of Paradise by Hans Christian Andersen. I have spent over 40 years with Wedgwood, first as a dealer growing up in a shop where my father was one of the most respected and largest dealers in Wedgwood, and for the past 24 years directing the Fine Ceramics department at Skinner, Inc.
They think of jasper wares, black basalt and creamwares. Picnic by a River on a plaque: All of these wares were primarily ornamental, mainly consisting of bowls and vases in a variety of shapes and sizes. That, and participating as an active member of the Wedgwood International Seminar, many years as a board member, and lecturing on the topic throughout the United States and England.
Fairy Gondola on a Lily tray: This landscape focuses around the Tree of Knowledge with pillar framed panels of elves and fairies. In addition, there was a moonlit sky in dark blue shaded with green.
Some additional pieces have inscribed shape numbers as well. Dealers arose specializing in Fairyland and creating a specialty market within the Wedgwood community. Initially, as you can imagine, it was quite affordable, but quite rapidly Fairyland Lustre fever took over.
The majority of the designs themselves were a combination of brightly colored underglazed enamels and gold printing. Partially due to the escalating prices of the Fairyland designs, this ordinary lustre has continued to rise at auction.
Wedgwood Flame Fairyland Vase, England, c.