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The Sabbatai Ring: M/P.1-1914

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Current Location: Gallery 30


The Sabbatai Ring


Ricketts, Charles de Sousy (Designer)


Gold, set with a cabochon star sapphire, the hollow interior containing a loose emerald. The shoulders of the ring are each pierced by four long tapering holes, and the bezel is in the form of a mosque with tower-like buttresses, four pierced doorways, each with a sloping roof and two arched windows above. The dome is formed by the cabochon star sapphire, and inside is a loose emerald. The doors were originally smeared with ambergris.


History note: Designed and commissioned by Charles Ricketts for Miss Bradley. Given to her by Ricketts on 5th February, 1904.

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Bequeathed by Miss Katherine H. Bradley

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1914) by Bradley, Katherine H., Miss


Early 20th century
Production date: AD 1904 : The wax model for the ring was completed on 8 January, 1904 and the ring was given to Miss Katherine Bradley (1846-1914) by Ricketts on 5 February 1904.


Ricketts promised to make a ring for Miss Bradley in December 1903. The form was inspired by the story of Sabbatai Sebi (1626-76), a Jewish mystic, who having proclaimed himself Messiah in Jerusalem, was later converted to Islam. It represents the mosque of Omar, and was intended to appeal to the five senses. See Documentation, Scarisbrick, 1982.

Components of the work

Bezel composed of star sapphire ( cabochon) On Doors composed of ambergris Loose Inside composed of emerald Shank composed of gold

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Accession number: M/P.1-1914
Primary reference Number: 93551
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 23 June 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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