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Pharmacy jar: C.257-1991

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Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue and manganese-purple with the name of the contents around the middle, surrounded by gadroons.

Pale buff earthenware (where visible) tin-glazed greyish-white overall. Painted in blue and manganese-purple.
Cylindrical with a convex projection above and below the main field, short neck with everted rim, and low foot.
The name of the contents, `Tro.Bo.S.opio.', is inscribed round the middle, in manganese-purple gothic lettering. Above and below are blue mock gadroons between pairs of narrow blue bands, and on the foot, three bands: manganese-purple between two blue.


History note: William Ridout; Christie's, 13 December 1938, The William Ridout collection of Italian majolica, European pottery, faience and delftware, part of lot 80; 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: 12.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Albisola ⪼ Liguria ⪼ Italy
  • Savona ⪼ Liguria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1700 CE - 1800 1800 CE


Savona or Albisola

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colours ( blue and manganese-purple) Base: Diameter 6.4 cm
Rim: Diameter 7.1 cm
Widest Part: Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale buff earthenware (where visible) tin-glazed greyish-white overall. Painted in blue and manganese-purple.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Tro.Bo.S.opio.
  • Location: Round the middle
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in manganese-purple
  • Inscription

Inscription present: circular with blue border

  • Text: `WILLIAM RIDOUT COLLECTION', printed in blue, and `SAV/8A' inscribed in ink
  • Location: On base
  • Label

Inscription present: square

  • Text: 313
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.257-1991
Primary reference Number: 73733
Packing number: EURCER 126
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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