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Pharmacy jar: C.2184-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 3, shelf B


Potter: Maestro Mariotto da Gubbio




Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue, green, yellow, and grey, with a label on the front inscribed `PILL=IARIE' (with abbreviations over L and AR) , the date '1541' and the badge of the Celestine Order or of the monastery of Santo Spirito da Sulmona.

Squat albarello with waisted sides, short neck, and everted rim. The lower part is narrower than the shoulder and the sides curve outwards slightly at the base. Tin-glazed earthenware painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and grey. Across the front is a label inscribed 'PILL=IARIE' (with abbreviations over the L and AR) with below, three debased trophies, and above, on a badge, an 'S' surmounted by a patriarchal cross flanked by trophies, surrounded by a garland of leaves, fruits and flowers with ribbons on each side. The back of the neck is dated '1541'.


History note: Countess Howard de Walden; Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom purchased in February 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 10 cm
Height: 12.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Castel Durante ⪼ The Marches
  • Gubbio ⪼ Umbria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


16th Century, Mid
Production date: AD 1541 : dated


Made either in Gubbio or Castel Durante by Maestro Mariotto da Gubbio. A notarial record of 1523 mentions that Mariotto, nephew of the potter Filippo Sabatini, was taken into the employment of Maestro Giorgio of Gubbio for one year. Mariotto and his uncle were members of the Floris or De Floribus family of potters who were recorded in Gubbio between 1476 and 1642. The style of the decoration has traditionally been associated with Castel Durante, and it is possible that Mariotto moved there or elsewhere, which would account for the 'da Gubbio' after his name on a jar from the set in the V. & A. Museum.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, green, yellow, and grey)
Visible Surface composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 7.6 cm
Rim Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed, and painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and grey high temperature colours

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2184-1928
Primary reference Number: 167279
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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