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Pharmacy jar

Date:
ca. 1470–90
Culture:
probably Italian, Naples
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 11 3/16 x 7 5/16 x 6 1/2 in. (28.4 x 18.6 x 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.85.19
Not on view
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: On white banderole around body, in blue, ".sy.de.papavero" (Syrupum de papavero, or Syrup of poppies)
[ Stefano Bardini (until 1899; sale, London, June 5, 1899, no. 24) ] ; Sigismond Bardac , Paris (by 1913–14; sold to Schiff) ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (before 1927–d. 1931; to his son, John) ; by descent, John M. Schiff , New York (1931–46; his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 4, 1946, no. 44; sold to French and Company); [ French and Co., New York , as agent for MMA, 1946 ]
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