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Achievements: Spode, father and son

spode I &IIprinted & boneThe creative genius of Josiah Spode, father and son, made an enormous impact on both Georgian society and the history of ceramics.  They introduced pottery to grace the homes of royalty, nobility, and society. 





Josiah Spode I

By 1785 Spode I had developed the first commercially viable blue printed earthenware. The factory continued in production for over  two hundred years, and "Staffordshire blue & white" was shipped  worldwide.  

It seems inevitable that Spode I would also explore the holy grail of perfecting English porcelain.  Whether he had finished his suite of experiments or not when he died suddenly in 1797, we shall never know, but Josiah II, also a trained potter and an even greater merchant, took up the challenge and brought the porcelain to perfection.  

two figures II
An early Spode printed pattern Two Figures II
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One of the most popular Spode blue  printed patterns,
Italian, introduced in 1816
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Josiah Spode II    

On the death of his father, Josiah  Spode II left his oldest son William,  and his trusted partner William Copeland, running the  London retail business and joined his younger son, Josiah Spode III, at the Stoke pottery.

Spode II took the lead at the factory and returned to his potters roots  to continue the family tradition of experimentation. Determined to be on the cutting edge,  by 1800 he was ready to launch Spode‚Äôs bone china on the London market.  Its pure whiteness and ease of manufacture meant it soon became the English standard porcelain body.

 old oval sugar
Bone china old oval shaped sugar, with hand-painted decoration
and gilding ,  1800-1805
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
floral embossed
Bone china cabinet or chocolate cup, floral embossed shape
with Egyptian revival handle, 1810-20
The Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

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