Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Storage jar (albarello) for mostarda

dated 1543
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): 13 7/16 × 8 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (34.1 × 21.6 × 21.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
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)
Related Objects

Bowl with The Virgin and the Unicorn and arms of Matthias Corvinus and Beatrice of Aragon

Date: probably ca. 1486–88 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 46.85.30 On view in:Gallery 521

Dish with The Woman of Sestos and the Eagle and arms of the Pucci family

Artist: Painted by Fra Xanto Avelli da Rovigo (ca. 1486–1582) Date: 1532 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 32.100.378 On view in:Gallery 521

Storage jar (albarello)

Date: ca. 1500 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 20.93.1 On view in:Gallery 521

Storage jar

Date: ca. 1500–1520 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 41.100.272 On view in:Gallery 521

Storage jar (albarello) with a profile portrait

Date: ca. 1480–1500 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 46.85.15 On view in:Gallery 604