Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Pharmacy jar (albarello)

Date:
19th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) or lead-glazed slipware
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 1/4 x 7 in. (26 x 17.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.85.37
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 banderole, in blue, "V /VIOLATO" (See catalogue cards for exact arrangement)

Paper exhibition label on underside: U.S. CUSTOMS / Panama-Pacific International Exhibition / EXHIBIT / Serial No. 1225 / Cae No. QC 22 / Lot No. 03730 21 Pcs
[ C. & E. Canessa , New York, by 1915–16; sold to Schiff ] ; Mortimer L. Schiff , New York (1916–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. 43; sold to French and Company); [ French and Co., New York , as agent for MMA, 1946 ]
Related Objects

Pharmacy jar (albarello)

Artist: Probably workshop of Giacomo Mancini, "El Frate" (Italian, active ca. 1540–60) Date: 1573 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 02.5.12 On view in:Gallery 521

Pharmacy jar with the Apollo Belvedere and King David

Artist: Figure of Apollo Belvedere based on an engraving by Nicoletto da Modena (Italian, Modena, active ca. 1500–ca. 1520) Date: ca. 1545–50 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 46.85.24 On view in:Gallery 521

Storage or pharmacy jar

Date: ca. 1500–20 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 41.190.68 On view in:Gallery 604

Pharmacy jar (albarello)

Date: ca. 1475–1500 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 46.85.13 On view in:Gallery 521

Pharmacy jar (albarello)

Date: ca. 1475–1500 Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) Accession: 46.85.14 On view in:Gallery 521