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Pharmacy bottle (one of a pair)

ca. 1500–1510
Italian, Deruta
Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)
Overall (confirmed): 16 3/4 × 10 1/8 × 10 1/8 in. (42.5 × 25.7 × 25.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of W. B. Osgood Field, 1902
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
The Latin mottos "Virtue always burns" and "Virtue has no value if one has no faith" may relate to the bottles’ owner, whose coat of arms appears between the inscriptions. Prominent labels indicate that the vessels (see also 02.5.58) once held extracts of wood bettony and maidenhair fern.
Inscription: On central band: A • D • CAPILLI • V • [trans.: Acqua di cappello di Venere; Water of Venus-Hair, or Maidenhair); to left of coat of arms: VIRTUS / SÊMPER / ARDET [trans.: Virtue always burns]; to right of coat of arms: NON VAL / VIRTU CHI / NON HA FE [trans.: Virtue has no value if one has no faith]
Cav. Ferdinando Pandola , Rome (until 1887; his sale, Giacomini and Capobianchi, Rome, February 28–March 7, 1887, no. 78); Osgood Field (probably 1887–d. 1900; to his widow, Katherine) ; by descent, Katherine Field (1900–d. 1901; to her nephew, W. B. Osgood Field) ; W. B. Osgood Field (1901–2; in accordance with his uncle's wishes, to MMA)
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