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Pharmacy pot: C.2243-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Grue, Saverio (Attributed to)
Maker: Unknown (Perhaps)




Maiolica pharmacy pot, painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange, with a group of flowers and the name of the drug `EXTRACT: CERASOR: NIGR:'.

Pharmacy pot. Earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior. The interior has a grey speckled area. Painted in greyish-blue, sage-green, yellow, and orange.
Depressed globular body with short neck and wide mouth, standing on a low foot.
On one side, below a group of flowers, the name of the drug `EXTRACT: CERASOR: NIGR:' is inscribed in greyish-blue between pairs of horizontal lines which partly encircle the jar.


History note: Countess Howard de Walden; Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom purchased in 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher. For the provenance see Glaisher MS Catalogue, no.1091

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Naples ⪼ Campania ⪼ Italy
  • Castelli ⪼ The Abruzzi ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1755 CE - 1770 CE


Naples, attributed to Saverio Grue, or Castelli

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in greyish-blue, sage-green, yellow, and orange)
Widest Part Diameter 11.8 cm
Foot Diameter 6.3 cm
Rim Diameter 9.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior. The interior has a grey speckled area. Painted in greyish-blue, sage-green, yellow, and orange.

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On one side, below a group of flowers
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in greyish-blue

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2243-1928
Primary reference Number: 73285
Old object number: 1091
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

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

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