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Pharmacy jar: C.2231-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Maker: Unknown (Probably)




Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue, yellow, and orange, with a three-quarter length figure of Justice, surrounded by decorative panels.

Earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. The glaze has pin holes, especially on the areas painted yellow. Painted in blue, yellow, and orange.
Waisted albarello with concave base, and throwing ridges on the interior.
On the front above two sprays of leaves is a shield charged with a three-quarter length figure of Justice, surmounted by a helmet flanked by scrolls and looped cords. The sides are decorated with vertical panels filled with stylised flowers and foliage between vertical wavy orange, straight yellow and blue lines. On the shoulder and above the base are blue slanting Ss between pairs of narrow blue bands.


History note: Lucy Joan Scott-Ellis (1808-99), Countess Howard de Walden; Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom purchased in February 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Laterza ⪼ Puglia ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Mid#
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 CE


This jar was formerly attributed to Castelli (Rackham, 1935), but the shape of its top and the slanting, overlapping S border closely resemble albarelli attributed to Laterza.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, and orange)
Base Diameter 7.0 cm
Rim Diameter 7.0 cm
Widest Part Diameter 8.0 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. The glaze has pin holes, especially on the areas painted yellow. Painted in blue, yellow, and orange.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 210
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2231-1928
Primary reference Number: 73269
Old object number: 2366
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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