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Spouted pharmacy jar: C.1332-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and labelled S.ACESTOVS.S.I. with below the initials and date '16 IG 69'

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed except for the inside of the foot, and painted in blue. The bulbous jar stands on a circular spreading foot and has a short neck with a slightly everted rim, an applied handle of D section with a small thumb rest on the top and a scroll at the lower end, and a short bulbous spout. On the front below the spout is the name of the contents 'S.ACETOSOS.S.I.' in a oblong cartouche with a strapwork edge, a fleur-de-lys at the bottom and rounded ends with a stylized plant outside them. Below are the initials and date 'I6 IG 69' enclosed by three swags.


History note: Sotheby's, 4 November 1904; Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.2 cm
Height: 7 3/16 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century, third quarter#
Charles II
Production date: dated AD 1669


The jar contained simple vinegar syrop. The initials are likely to be those of James Gower, Master of the Society of Apothecaries in 1690.

Components of the work

Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glaze ( greyish)
Decoration composed of cobalt
Foot Diameter 12.4 cm Diameter 4 7/8 in

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S.ACESTOVS.S.I.
  • Location: On front under spout
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 16 IG 69
  • Location: On front below lab el
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1332-1928
Primary reference Number: 71826
Old object number: 2162
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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