N.  Freese (British, active 1794-1814) Josiah Spode I (1733–1797), wearing brown coat, yellow waistcoat, white chemise, stock and tied cravat
Lot 430Y
N. Freese (British, active 1794-1814) Josiah Spode I (1733–1797), wearing brown coat, yellow waistcoat, white chemise, stock and tied cravat
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 13,731) inc. premium

Lot Details
N. Freese (British, active 1794-1814)
Josiah Spode I (1733–1797), wearing brown coat, yellow waistcoat, white chemise, stock and tied cravat.
Watercolour on ivory, gilt-mounted in a rectangular papier-mâché frame, the reverse inscribed 'The Portrait of the late Josiah Spode of Stoke upon Trent/ who died 18 August 1797 aged 64/ the Great-grandfather of the present Josiah Spode of the Mount/ 1832'.
Oval, 77mm (3 1/16in) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Hawksyard Priory, purchased on 24th February 1925 for £25. Illustrated by Arthur Hayden, Spode and His Successors (1925), op. p.16 and by Leonard Whiter, Spode (1970), pl.82. The present lot is closely comparable with an English School portrait miniature that is held by the National Portrait Gallery (Acquisition no.NPG 4586).

    Josiah Spode I (1733-97) became a Freeman of the City of London in 1778 and was a Liveryman of the Spectacle Makers' Company. He had two sons, Josiah Spode II and Samuel and three daughters, Anne, Sarah and Ellen with his wife Ellen who died in 1802. Josiah is buried with his wife in Stoke-on-Trent churchyard. Josiah Spode II (1755–1827) succeeded the reigns of his father's business in 1797. An experienced salesman and potter with an invaluable knowledge of marketing in fashionable London, Josiah II was magnificently prepared for the role Josiah I had created.

    Josiah I's great-grandson, Josiah IV, who is mentioned on the reverse of the frame housing the present lot was a convert to Roman Catholicism and founded Hawkesyard Priory near Rugeley in Staffordshire. He died in 1868. Keen to record the Spode family history, Richard Pirie Copeland acquired other Spode relics from Hawkesyard Priory including a dish of pattern 282, see lot 455 in this sale
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