Wedgwood's 20th Century Renaissance: Fairyland Lustre
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Tulman
President of the Wedgwood Society of New York.
Wedgwood rise to prominence in the 18th century was based on innovation in manufacture and design. While the designs were often adaptations of classical motifs from the antique, they were presented in a new form, which had broad based appeal. During the 19th century Wedgwood lacked the innovation and energy provided by Josiah I, and its wares became for the most part derivative. In the early 20th century, the factory was in trouble. Nearly bankrupt, both in financial, as well as, artistic terms, the factory came to be saved by a woman some thought to be mad. Daisy Makeig-Jones and her Fairyland Lustre was loved by some and hated by others, but no one can doubt the significance of the production of Fairyland in returning the company to profitability after WWI.
Place: Sotheby's 1334 York Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2002
Time: 6:30 PM Lecture