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Pharmacy jar: C.264-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Uncertain)




Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue, yellow and orange with slanting leaves, bands and strokes.

Pale red earthenware, the interior lead-glazed brown, the exterior tin-glazed off-white. Painted in blue, yellow, and orange.
Waisted albarello with sloping shoulders and everted rim.
Round the middle are slanting blue leaves with yellow and orange tips, with a narrow and two wider blue horizontal bands above, and two wide bands between two narrow below. On the shoulder there are oblique strokes between horizontal blue bands, and round the neck is a wider band.


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: 20.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Naples ⪼ Campania ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


15th Century, Late
16th Century
Circa 1480 CE - 1600 CE


Perhaps Sicily or Naples

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, yellow, and orange)
Interior composed of lead-glaze
Exterior composed of tin-glaze
Base Diameter 10.0 cm
Widest Part Diameter 11.9 cm
Rim Diameter 9.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale red earthenware, thrown, the interior lead-glazed brown, the exterior tin-glazed off-white. Painted in blue, yellow, and orange.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 534
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.264-1991
Primary reference Number: 73842
Packing number: EURCER 362
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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