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Spouted pharmacy jar: C.1354-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Pottery: Unidentified




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue and labelled S.ATTRIPLICIS OL

Buff earthenware, thrown with applied handle and spout, tin-glazed, except for the underside of the foot, and painted in blue. The globular body has a short neck with an everted rim, and stands on a hollow trumpet-shaped foot. A cylindrical spout is attached to the shoulder and on the opposite side there is a strap handle with a longitudinal groove on the outside and an upward kick at the lower end. On the front below the spout is a label painted with the words S.ATTRIPLICIS. OL with peacocks and leafy branches above, and below a winged cherub's head with tassels and swgs of fruit and foliage. Inside the foot there is a letter 'S'.


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19 cm
Height: 7.5 in

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


17th Century, Late
James II
William III and Mary II
William III (1750-1702)
Circa 1680 CE - Circa 1695 CE


Made in London or Bristol. The jar contained Syropus Attriplicis oleum (Syrup of oil of orache). The cartouche shows a bust of Apollo, the god of healing.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
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Materials used in production

shiny and bluish-white Tin-glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On front under spout
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: S
  • Location: Inside foot
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1354-1928
Primary reference Number: 71859
Old object number: 1622
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 February 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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