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Pharmacy jar: C.212-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Workshop: Fontana, Orazio (Probably)




Renaissance maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in polychrome with a crowned woman, sitting on a chair, holding a sceptre, with a landscape.

Pharmacy jar. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white.
Albarello with swellings above and below the waist, short neck with everted rim, and solid foot.
On the front, two putti hold up a label inscribed in blue `LOC D PVL VLPIS'; above, a crowned woman, holding a sceptre, sits in a chair flanked by trees. The rest of the jar is decorated with a landscape with rocks, buildings and distant mountains. Round the rim there is a yellow band with an orange band over it.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

H.S. Reitlinger Bequest, 1950

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century
Circa 1565 - 1571

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white)
Foot Diameter 10.6 cm
Rim Diameter 10.8 cm
Widest Part Diameter 13.9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, manganese-purple, black, and white.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: LOC D PVL VLPS
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.212-1991
Primary reference Number: 73143
Packing number: EURCER 381
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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