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Pharmacy jar (albarello)

Maker:
Probably workshop of Giacomo Mancini, "El Frate" (Italian, active ca. 1540–60)
Date:
1573
Culture:
Italian, Deruta
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Oerall (confirmed): 13 3/16 × 8 13/16 × 8 13/16 in. (33.5 × 22.4 × 22.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Gift of W. B. Osgood Field, 1902
Accession Number:
02.5.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
Storage vessels were among the most frequently produced maiolica wares in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Made in fairly standard shapes, they were designed to fit with dozens of others on a shelf, often in a pharmacy or shop. Their handles therefore tend to fit within the vessel’s profile, and the cylindrical albarello type is generally narrower at the middle than at the top or bottom, making it easy to grip. Other common features include inscriptions indicating contents and flanged lips to help secure cloth or paper seals. The decoration, usually more elaborate on one side than the other, can sometimes link pieces to a known dispensary or specific workshop or artist.
Inscription: Inscribed on band on front: ZAFFARANO [trans.: Saffron]; on front, at top and bottom: SNF [monogram]; on back: 1573; SNF [monogram]
[ T. Gagliardi , Florence, until 1889; sold for 190 lire to Field ] ; Osgood Field (1889–d. 1900; to his widow, Katherine) ; by descent, Katherine Field (1900–d. 1901; to her nephew, W. B. Osgood Field) ; by descent, W. B. Osgood Field (1901–2; in accordance with his uncle's wishes, to MMA)
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