Offered for sale is a lovely Wedgwood Dragon Lustre Center Bowl by Daisy Makeig-Jones featuring and centered upon the Celestial Dragon. The bowl has a generous iridescent ground in shades of blue and green with a large dragon occupying most of the center of the bowl. Panels of Chinese garden scenes line the rim alternating with a cross-hatch border. The exterior is finished in waves of gilt.
Ten years into the turn of the 20th century, Wedgwood found itself floundering financially so they hired various artists to come up with new and exciting products to boost their declining sales. Daisy Makeig-Jones, a ceramic trainee already employed at Wedgwood since 1909. came up with the Lustreware concept. Sales of her creations soared and her position quickly rose to become one of Wedgwood's most prominent artists. Her fantastical designs, taken from the escapist land of Fairy tales, boosted Wedgwood's status and put them at the forefront of the ceramics market. Her designs enjoyed great popularity until the fickle buying public tired of them, as so often happens with trends, and production was ceased in 1929. Wedgwood and Jones disagreeably parted ways in 1931 and she never designed again, dying in 1945. After a period of obscurity, Wedgwood Lustre pieces now enjoy collector status as one of the highest priced and most desirable of Wedgwood's past creative lines.
The bowl is in excellent condition with minor gilt loss.
Size 11" Diameter.
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