'Spode and His Successors: A History of the Pottery Stoke-on-Trent 1765 - 1865'; by Arthur Hayden; published by Cassell & Company; 1925
This book from 1925 is regarded as a standard work on Spode history. Some incorrect or misleading information has now been updated by more recent authors on the subject with new research. But this older publication should not be ignored. At the time of publication the start date for the Spode company was then thought to be around 1765 and so the dates in the title made a neat century for this study.
Most dates of patterns and objects are now thought to be newer than Hayden recorded but on the plus side old documents, whose whereabouts are now unknown, are reproduced in this book so it contains important information. It also has charming loose leaf colour plates of pattern book pages and ceramic pieces of note.
|A colour image from the book|
He dedicates the book to 'The Potters of Staffordshire....'
Not many realise that this book was commissioned by the Spode company, then under the ownership of the Copeland family. It was used by the company as a marketing tool and as a gift to special customers and retailers and should be approached with this in mind. Some copies which now come up for sale have a dedication from the Copeland directors in the front.
|Under the paper dust cover|
Arthur Hayden was already a well-established author specialising in books on pottery and the frontispiece of this book says 'by Arthur Hayden, Author of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain and Chats on English Earthenware etc'
|Black & white image from the book|
I would recommend this as a 'good read' for anyone interested in Spode.
*collection number SMT 2003.1