Glossary

Wedding Cup

German Jungfrauenbecher meaning "maiden's cup." The wedding cup originated in Germany during the 16th century, but only a few examples survive from that early time and is now often referred to as the wedding cup for the role it plays in nuptial feasts. The bridegroom drinks a toast out of the larger cup and then rights the figure, without spilling the wine in the smaller pivoted bowl, which is then to be drunk by the bride. The Jungfrauenbecher has also been known as the "wager cup" - the challenged having to drink from both cups without spilling the contents of either.

Wedgwood & Bentley

In 1768 Josiah Wedgwood partnered with Thomas Bentley establishing a factory named 'Etruria' for making ornamental wares.

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre

Daisy Maekig-Jones’ arrival at the Wedgwood factory came at a most opportune moment in that company’s illustrious history. For centuries, Wedgwood had been a leader in innovation and design, but by the early 20th century, they teetered on the brink of financial ruin. The public had tired of the classic motifs and muted colors of traditional Wedgwood, instead seeking something more vibrant and uplifting, no doubt to distract them from the hardships brought on by the First World War. When Maekig-Jones’ introduced her dazzling designs and cutting-edge glazing techniques in 1915, it proved to be the perfect antidote for the ailing Wedgwood factory. Her fantastical fairies and enchanted forests filled with butterflies, dragons and playful pixies captivated the public and led many to believe she was delightfully and brilliantly mad. Maekig-Jones‘ Fairyland Lustre line single-handedly pulled Wedgwood back to profitability. Maekig-Jones retired in 1931, leaving behind an amazing body of work that continues to enchant and entice collectors today.