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Storage jar (albarello) for mostarda

Date:
dated 1543
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 13 7/16 × 8 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (34.1 × 21.6 × 21.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.190.71
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
In addition to medicines and small household items, Renaissance pharmacies also sold candies, spices, and condiments, such as the pickled fruit jelly (mostarda) that once filled this jar. The decoration of this albarello includes a surprise that would be visible only when the jar was taken from the shelf and placed upon the counter: a still life on the back depicting the tools necessary for the preparation of the mostarda.
Inscription: On label: MOsTaRDaDo / 1543 [trans.: Sweet mostarda 1543]
George Blumenthal , New York (until d. 1941; bequeathed to MMA)
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