Pharmacy Jar with the Arms of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala
Made in Florence or Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Overall: 12 5/8 x 9 3/16 x 6 1/2 in. (32 x 23.3 x 16.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1916
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307
A short ladder surmounted by a cross was the emblem of the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, where it stood in front of the steps (scala) of the city's cathedral. The hospital also had a branch in Florence, and this work could have served as a drug container in the pharmacy of either location.
From Santa Maria della Scala, Florence; Elia Volpi, Florence (sold 1916)
Art treasures and antiquities formerly contained in the famous Davanzati Palace, Florence, Italy, which together with the contents of his Villa Pía were brought to America by their owner Professor Commendatore Elia Volpi. New York: American Art Association, November 21–28, 1916. no. 666, ill.
Riccetti, Lucio, ed. 1909 tra collezionismo e tutela: Connoisseur, antiquari e la ceramica medievale orvietana. Perugia and Orvieto: Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, 2010. no. 8.1.15, p. 467.