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Hello, I have a pair of Wedgwood vases, excellent condition.

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Hello,
I have a pair of Wedgwood vases, excellent condition. 21cm tall. I think they are lustreware, but really know nothing about it. They have butterflies painted onto a pale greenish? background.
They were left to me several years ago and I remember admiring them on a mantle-shelf about 50 years ago. I'm thinking of selling them on Ebay but don't know (a) how I should describe them or (b) what sort of price-if any- I may expect.
I am grateful for any pointers you can give me,
Margaret
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Robert S. replied 3 years ago.

Hi Margaret,

My name is XXXXX XXXXX be happy to help with your Wedgwood vases. They sound really interesting and you may well have an example of one of their famous 'Fairyland lustre' patterns.

 

Could you very kindly attach a picture of them and one of the mark.

Here's a REALLY simple way of adding photos (three clicks and a copy and paste and you are done).

 

Go to http://www.imgur.com/

(no need to 'log in' or 'register' it makes it far too complicated)

Click on Computer

Select the pictures you want to send me from the box that pops up.

Hit open.

Click on Start Upload

And then copy the link they give you. It will look similar to this http://www.imgur.com/xxxx and it's located right under where it says Link (email & IM) and paste it here where you are typing to me.

 

(If you've uploaded multiple photos on one Imgur.com link, copy the URL in the browser bar at the top of your screen, otherwise I get just one photo)

 

Many thanks and wait to hear,

Best wishes,

Robert

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Robert


 


http://i.imgur.com/1rQffrm.jpg


 


http://imgur.com/1rQffrm,swvaJVJ,UJnhKgd,YjfEosX,wykz2v7,swdTb7u


 


 


Not sure if I've done this right?


Margaret

Expert:  Robert S. replied 3 years ago.

You have done just fine, thanks Margaret. The photos of your vases came through perfectly.


Looking at the marks on the bottom, it's hard to see what color the stamp is. Would you say it was printed in gold? Or some other color?


I'll wait till I hear back and we'll go from there.

Robert

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

From what I can see , the stamp appears to be gold coloured.


Margaret

Expert:  Robert S. replied 3 years ago.

Okay, great! Thanks for confirming that. That's just what it should be.

 

The good news is that this is indeed one of the Wedgwood "Fairyland Lustre" patterns, however they are not marked in the usual way with the pattern number to show this and hence your understandable puzzlement over them.

 

The shape of the vases is correct, this is Wedgwood's shape # XXXXX which was either 8 or 12 inches -and you have already mentioned that yours is 8 inches (21 cm).

 

The red number 10 on the base looks like it might be a pattern number but is not. It's a decorator mark. The ".Y" and the "w" are also decorator marks, the individual paintress tally numbers.

 

These vases should also have a pattern number 'Z 4832'. This is the code for this particular pattern of butterflies on a white iridescent ground and a mottled orange interior. If you Google "Wedgwood Z4832" you will pull up dozens of examples similar to yours.

 

All these Fairyland Lustre patterns had four digit numbers preceded by the letter 'Z'.

I am not sure why the pattern number was omitted on yours. It was typically written in gold by the gold decorator, however it's not unheard of for it to be missing and should not affect value.

 

This wonderful pattern is one of the many famous Art Deco lustre patterns designed by Wedgwood artist Susannah Margaretta "Daisy" Makeig-Jones and was produced, I believe, from 1914 to 1929.

 

If you were to list these on eBay, or sell them at your local antiques auction house, they should sell in the range of £500 - £800. They therefore have a retail or replacement value of £1600 and is what you should insure them for.

 

I do hope this helps!

Please let me know if you would like me to explain or expand on the above, I would be glad to.

Best wishes,
Robert

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