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Spouted pharmacy jar: C.1353-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: unidentified London pottery (Probably)
Pottery: Unidentified Bristol pottery (Possibly)




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and labelled O.SAMBUCIN (Elderflower Oil)

Buff earthenware, thrown with applied handle and spout, tin-glazed and painted in blue. Of cylindrical form with rounded shoulders and lower part, contracting inwards to the slightly spreading base, and having a short neck with an everted rim. A short cylindrical spout with a bulge in the middle projects from the shoulder, and on the opposite side there is a loop handle with a longitudinal depression on the exterior, and upward tilting terminal. The front is decorated with a label inscribed 'O. SAMBUCIN' (Elderflower Oil) surrounded by scrolled strapwork, with above, a basket of fruit flanked by birds and leafy branches, and below a winged cupid's head, tassels and floral swags.


History note: Mr Withers, 42 Silver Street, Leicester, from whom purchased about 1899 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England
  • Bristol ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, first half#
George I
George II
Circa 1700 CE - Circa 1750 CE


Probably made in London or Bristol. The jar contained Oleum Sambucinum or Oil of Elder made by infusing elder flowers in olive oil.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Visible Areas composed of tin-glaze

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: O. SAMBUCIN
  • Location: On front below spout
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1353-1928
Primary reference Number: 71858
Old object number: 1034
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 August 2019 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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