Wowsers! Another first for my Porcelainporn blog - a Bisto ware ginger jar decorated with a Fairyland lustre type of design, dated 1931. The pattern is hand decorated and signed by the artist R Innes. Having never seen one before, one can never be sure if this was a factory produced thing, a one off or even a blank decorated at home by an amateur. Having seen Fairyland lustre wares by Wedgwood and similar by Royal Winton and Cartltonware, one can say that this piece was jumping on a bandwagon that was first started by the artist Daisy Makeig Jones. I can't find any trace of this artist, Innes, but no doubt they were inspired by DMJ's work for Wedgwood. The ginger shape is a classic one for Bisto, shape number 13 and was used over and over again with different surface designs. In this case, this jar (being sold on ebay) has been priced a bit too highly for me and perhaps the seller is hoping it will ride the crest of the DMJ wave. I would personally estimate it around £100-150 at this point in time (Jan 2013) but who knows, if more of this fairyland lustre by Bisto comes to light, it could increase in value as a there will be more for collectors to build on.
Sometimes, life doesn't turn out the way you expected. And sometimes, it is exactly as it was 'meant' to be. But whilst i'm not a believer in fate or fatalism, I do believe that life is a both a learning experience and an obstacle course to be climbed and clambered over in the most creative way possible! In doing so, you'll get to where you should be even if it's not where you'd imagined.