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Dispensing pot: C.1349-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Unidentified Lambeth Pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with the name 'Hemet'

Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in dull blue. Circular with bulbous sides contracting inwards towards the rim standing on a footring. The name 'Hemet' is painted on the outside


History note: A lady living in Essex, whose father was believed to be a London clergyman who collected it there; Collins and Clarke, Cambridge, who sold it with three other items on 6 September 1922 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 4.8 cm
Height: 2.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Surrey ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1760 CE - Circa 1780 CE


Probably made in Lambeth. The name on the exterior is that of Peter Hemet who held the appointment of ‘Operator for the Teeth’ to George II until 1747 when he was succeeded by his son, also named Peter. His son Jacob took out a patent for ‘Essence of Pearl and Pearl Dentifrice’ in 1773.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware
wiped off foot Tin-glazing

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in dull blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Hemet
  • Location: On exterior
  • Method of creation: Painted in dull blue
  • Type: Name

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1349-1928
Primary reference Number: 71850
Old object number: 3927
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 February 2019 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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