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Elers, John Philip (1664–1738), potter and merchant, was born in Utrecht on 7 September 1664, the son of Martin Elers (b. 1621). His mother was a daughter of Daniel van Mildred. He had a brother, David (1656–1742), and a sister, Sarah, who married ...


Josiah Spode (1755–1827) by unknown artist, c. 1785–90 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Spode, Josiah (1755–1827), potter and merchant, was born on 8 May 1755 at Stoke-on-Trent, the son of Josiah Spode (1733–1797), founder of the Spode pottery factory there, and Ellen, née Finley (1726–1802). He was trained in the art of ceramic manufacture by his father and entered the family firm. On 9 July 1775 he married ...