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Pharmacy jar: C.2249-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Workshop: Calamelli, Virgiliotto (Probably)




Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange with a putto striding, holding a bird and a quartieri decoration.

Pharmacy jar. Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. The glaze on the interior is speckled, and has crawled in six places round the rim. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and orange.
Extremely waisted albarello with everted rim.
On the front, within an oval frame, a putto strides towards the left, holding a bird in both hands; in the background to right there is a rock in the air. The sides and back are decorated a quartieri with stylised foliage reserved in green, orange, and blue compartments of different shapes. On the shoulder and the sloping area above the base, yellow and orange ribbons interlace around green ovals reserved in a blue ground, with wide yellow and narrow orange bands above and below.


History note: Countess Howard de Walden; Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom purchased in February 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher (Typed Cat. 1094).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Faenza ⪼ Emilia-Romagna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Mid
Circa 1545 CE - 1570 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours
Rim Diameter 11.0 cm
Widest Part Diameter 12.3 cm
Base Diameter 9.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. The glaze on the interior is speckled, and has crawled in six places round the rim. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and orange.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2249-1928
Primary reference Number: 73288
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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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