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Pharmacy jar: C.250-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in polychrome with, on the front and back, an oval panel enclosing a Saint praying, and another enclosing head of a man wearing a hat.

Earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and more thinly on the interior; base unglazed. Painted in thick dark blue, green, yellow, and orange.
Albarello with curved shoulders, short neck and flat rim.
On the front and back are oval panels framed by garlands of leaves, berries and flowers. One encloses a Saint praying on his knees in profile to right, the other, the head of a man wearing a hat in profile to right, both surrounded by orange lines on a yellow ground. The sides are decorated with stylised foliage reserved in a blue ground incised with curved strokes. On the upper shoulder and above the base are single yellow bands flanked by blue.


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: 25.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Gerace ⪼ Calabria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Early#
Circa 1600 CE - 1630 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( thick dark blue, green, yellow, and orange)
Base Diameter 15.0 cm
Rim Diameter 15.5 cm
Widest Part Diameter 20.5 cm

Materials used in production

base unglazed Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and more thinly on the interior; base unglazed. Painted in thick dark blue, green, yellow, and orange.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.250-1991
Primary reference Number: 73609
Packing number: EURCER 378
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 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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