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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
George and Florence Blumenthal (until 1941; bequeathed to MMA)
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