Bubbles vase, England

Bubbles vase, England

Bubbles vase
Designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881-1945); made by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons
England, Staffordshire
In production 1920-41
Bone china, printed and painted, with lustre glazes and additional gold print
Museum no. C.90-1988
Given by Suzanne and Frederic Weinstein

Wedgwood's Fairyland lustreware was populated by elves and fairies. The design followed contemporary book illustration, but the shapes and density of decoration derive from Chinese porcelains of 1680-1720. The colours were inspired in part by the Russian Ballet.

The decoration was a technical tour de force, achieved by a complex layering of underglaze and overglaze painting and gilding.