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Two-handled jar: C.23-1932

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Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 4, shelf A


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Renaissance maiolica two-handled pharmacy jar, painted in polychrome with gothic foliage, and the arms of the Corbinelli family

Pale buff eartheware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and manganese. Ovoid with flat base, short cylindrical neck and two small strap handles.
On the front is a kite-shaped shield bearing the arms azure, a stag salient argent collared argent, surrounded by gothic foliage and dots; on the other side, gothic foliage with peacock's feather eye motifs. Round the base, are horizontal green and yellow bands; on the neck, a wavy ribbon between yellow bands, and, on the rim, a green band. On each side of the handle is a vertical green line, and, down its back and extending a little above and below it, a peacock's feather. Below, the mark `B' surmounted by a cross is repeated twice over a series of vertical green strokes.


History note: Kurt Glogowski; Sotheby's, 8 June 1932, Catalogue of the well-known collection of important Italian majolica, also bronzes and statuary, velvets, textiles and embroideries, fine Oriental rugs, & c. the property of Herr Kurt Glogowski of Berlin, lot 26.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Montelupo ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1932-06-08) by Sotheby's


Late 15th century
Circa 1470 CE - 1500 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, green, yellow, and manganese) Rim Diameter 10.9 cm
Base Diameter 9.3 cm
Across Handles Width 21.5 cm

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Pale buff eartheware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and manganese.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: each B is surmounted by a cross

  • Text: BB
  • Location: On each side of the handle
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.23-1932
Primary reference Number: 48425
Glaisher catalogue number: 2171
Glaisher additions number: 41-1932
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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