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Dish: Dr Henry Sacheverell (1674-1724): C.1357-1928

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Dish: Dr Henry Sacheverell (1674-1724)


Probably unidentified London pottery (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with a portrait of Dr Henry Sacheverell

Buff earthenware, moulded, the front covered with very white tin-glaze, painted in blue under an application of clear, shiny 'kwaart'. The reverse has thick and uneven glaze. The circular dish has a convex medallion in the centre surrounded by a curved area, and a fluted border; on the underside it has a footring around the concave centre. The central medallion is painted with a half-length portrait of Dr Henry Sacheverall in front of a window with his name 'Dr Henry Sacheverell' written below on a label. On the right there is a looped up curtain, and on the left, a scroll bracket supporting a shelf bearing the tablets of the Commandments labelled 'EXOD I-IIII' and 'CH V-VIII'. The medallions is surrounded by lapets and arrangements of flowers, foliage and birds. The fluted border is painted alternately with stripes, feather pattern and scrolls


History note: Rackham's 1935 Catalogue of the Glaisher Collection gives the information that it was 'Stated to have belonged to a descendant of Dr Sacheverell, who declared it to be the only one made, the decoration being attributed to the divine himself'; bought in London at an unknown date by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
Circa 1710 CE - 1720 CE


Dr Henry Sacheverell (1674-1724) became a public figure in 1709 when he preached two controversial sermons: the Assize Sermon at Derby, and the Lord Mayor's sermon in St Paul's, London. The latter attacked the Whig government's tolerance of Dissenters (non-conformists). The government prosecuted Sacheverell and he was banned from preaching or holding a living for three years.

Probably made in London, but earlier it was thought that it might be Dutch because of the use of kwaart.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware kwaart Lead-glaze white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded, the front covered with very white tin-glaze, painted in blue under an application of clear, shiny 'kwaart'. The reverse has thick, lumpy, and uneven glaze, which has been wiped off the footring

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Dr Henry Sacheverell
  • Location: Below portrait on central medallion
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Exod I-IIII
  • Location: On central medallion on left tablet of the Commandments
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: CH V-VIII
  • Location: On central medallion on right table of the Commandments
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1357-1928
Primary reference Number: 71862
Old object number: R 1103
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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