Wedgwood (3) “Double Cameo; President Ford, Nixon and Carter and the First Ladies"
Josiah Wedgwood Jasperware “Double Cameo; President Ford, Nixon and Carter and The First Ladies” Medallion; 2.25 inches tall and 1.75 inches wide mounted in a lovely Wedgwood frame and mounted or framed in a gold ornate frame; very impressive, frames size at 10.5 by 11.50. In good condition with no chips or cracks, circa 1978. Produced by Wedgwood (stamped as such) for the Franklin Mint for the Presidents of the United states, from George Washington to the President Jimmy Carter, in a limited production.
Josiah Wedgwood (July 12, 1730 — January 3, 1795, born Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent) was an English potter, credited with the industrialization of the manufacture of pottery.
He was a member of the Darwin — Wedgwood family, most famously including his grandson, Charles Darwin.
Born the thirteenth and youngest child of Thomas Wedgwood III and Mary Wedgwood (née Stringer; d. 1766), Josiah was raised within a family of English Dissenters. He survived a childhood bout of smallpox to serve as an apprentice potter under his eldest brother Thomas Wedgwood IV. Smallpox left Josiah with a permanently weakened knee, which made him unable to work the foot pedal of a potter’s wheel. As a result, he concentrated from an early age on designing pottery rather than making it.
In his early twenties, Wedgwood began working with the most renowned English pottery-maker of his day, T. Whieldon. There he began experimenting with a wide variety of pottery techniques, an experimentation that coincided with the burgeoning early industrial city of Manchester, which was nearby. Inspired, Wedgwood leased the Ivy Works in his home town of Burslem and set to work. Over the course of the next decade, his experimentation (and a considerable injection of capital from his marriage to a richly endowed distant cousin, Sarah Wedgwood) transformed the sleepy artisan works into the first true pottery factory.