A blue and white footbath made by Spode and decorated in their “Lange Lijsen” pattern. This popular pattern was created by Spode and made over two decades between 1810-1833. The pattern shows a blue and white garden scene in the chinoiserie style with a young mother and her son. She is dressed in elegant robes and holds a bouquet of flowers; he is playing. In the background we see a willow tree and a bridge.
One of the charming details of this footbath is the geometric herringbone design on the handle which contrasts with the naturalistic scene on the body. Today a footbath would be used as a planter, either on a terrace or indoors.
This footbath would make a wonderful centerpiece on a table filled with flowers, or it might be set in a fireplace used to hold wood, or holly branches during Christmas.
18″ x 12″ x 8″ tall
Spode is one of the greatest names of the Industrial Revolution. Josiah Spode I was born in 1733 and after several years working for other local potters, established his own company in 1776. Like his neighbour and friend Josiah Wedgwood, Spode concentrated on the production of ceramic wares of the finest quality in a variety of bodies. He is particularly recognized as having developed the technique for underglaze transfer printing on high quality earthenware circa 1784.
One of the most famous patterns Josiah Spode produced was the first printed “Willow” pattern 1784-90. Spode’s son, Josiah Spode II continued the business for the next thirty years. In the early 19th century, considered by many to be the “Golden Age” of English ceramics, the company grew to be a pre-eminent manufacturer of Fine ceramics of every kind. Josiah Spode II was appointed “Potter to the Prince of Wales” when the Prince Regent visited the Spode factory in 1806.
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