Slavery Dish - Am I not a man and a brother?
Wedgwood Basalt on Cane Jasperware
A Wedgwood round tray in black on cane jasperware produced to commemorate William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery 1833 embossed with the words 'AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER ?'.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1822 and also the death of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), the Parliamentary leader of the abolitionist campaign, Wedgwood issued a black on cane colour Jasper round tray (measuring 11cm/4.25 inches).
The round tray reproduces the decoration and wording of the slave medallion modelled in 1787 by Hackwood from the seal of the Slave Emancipation Society. Josiah Wedgwood was himself an active supporter of the Society and produced several hundreds of the medallion. Many were made in black on white Jasper but other combinations were also produced.
The dish has been previously owned but is first quality and in very good condition. The dish is stamped on the base "Wedgwood Made in England"
A very similar piece was featured on the Wedgwood Documentary programme.