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"Castle on a Road" on an Octagonal Bowl

Introduced in 1917
20th c
4 3/4 in. x 10 in. (12.07 cm x 25.4 cm)

Daisy Makeig-Jones, English, (December 31, 1881–July 21, 1945)

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Europe, England
Medium and Support: Bone china Lustreware
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Rosenbaum
Accession Number: 2000.40

"Castle on a Road" depicts two different cityscapes on the exterior panels -- one of Europe, and the other of the Land of the Fays. The French "fai," from which "Fairy" is derived, came originally from the Italian "fatae," the fairy ladies who viisted homes and pronounced the future of new babies, as fairy godmothers in the story of "Sleeping Beauty," or the Three Fates did. "Fairy" originally meant "fai-erie," a state of enchantment. Makeig-Jones describes two boys who one day venture down a well which leads them to the Land of the Fays. They are treated well by the Fays who eventually return the boys home giving them fruits by which to remember them. The story tells how apples, pears and plums were first brought to Europe. In the two examples of "Castle on the Road" seen here, the world of reality and the world of fantasy are mixed in ideal harmony.

2006: "Art and Tradition: Design at Wedgwood in the Twentieth Century," February 3 – April 9, 2006, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
2001: "Imps on a Bridge: Wedgwood Fairyland and Other Lustres," May 6 - September 9, 2001, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Object Description
Representational Bone china Lustreware bowl

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  • H: 4 3/4; Diam: 10 inches Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 10 in. (12.07 x 25.4 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Steve Arnhart
    Role: art dealer
    Place: Oceanside, California
    Dates: July 31, 2000

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