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Pharmacy jar: EC.6-1937

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Cafaggiolo Workshop (Pottery)

Description

Yellowish buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and interior, but thinly on the latter. Painted in blue, green, dark yellow, and a little manganese.
Ovoid with cylindrical neck and projecting disk base, strap handle and part of an upright spout, joined to the neck by a bridge.
On the front is a circular panel edged with blue, crossed by a label inscribed in blue `So. DI.Z.RADICI ACE/TOSO', imposed over a crutch with a green staff and dark yellow head. The rest of the main field is decorated with blue dentated half-moon flowers, spirals and leaves on coiling stems. Below, and at the junction of the neck and shoulder, are blue, dark yellow and manganese horizontal bands; on the neck, trefoil leaves and spirals with blue, dark yellow and manganese horizontal bands above. Vertical lines of the same colours flank the handle, on which is a green blade-shaped outline enclosing a longitudinal squiggle. Below, there is a curved line and blue striations over which is a manganese SP monogram with a stroke through the tail of the P.

Notes

History note: Charles Ricketts (1866-1931) and Charles Shannon (1863-1937)

Legal notes

The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 30.8 cm
Width: 23.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Cafaggiolo ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood

Dating

16th century
Production date: probably AD 1507 : The date 1507 is suggested because there is archival evidence that the Cafaggiolo workshop supplied pharmacy jars with spouts to the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova in Florence in that year.

Note

Made in the workshop founded in 1498 by Piero and Stefano di Filippo di Dimitri Schiavone from Montelupo.

School or Style

Renaissance

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, dark yellow, and a little manganese) Rim Diameter 10.9 cm
Base Diameter 12.9 cm

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Yellowish buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed on the exterior and interior, but thinly on the latter. Painted in blue, green, dark yellow, and a little manganese.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: monogram with peraph through the tail of the P

  • Text: SP
  • Method of creation: Painted in manganese over striations
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: So. DI.Z.RADICI ACE/TOSO
  • Location: On the front
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.6-1937
Primary reference Number: 48361
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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