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Pharmacy jar: C.274-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown (Uncertain)




Tin-glazed earthenware pharmacy jar painted in blue with leaves or wings, circles, spirals, and strokes

Pale buff earthenware tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. The glaze on the interior is thinner than on the exterior and the body shows througth it. The exterior is painted in blue The jar is of albarello form with slightly waisted sides, sloping shoulder, short neck, and projecting rim. The main field is decorated with half-leaves or wings, circles, spirals and short strokes. Round the base there is a wide band. On the shoulder, between horizontal bands there are alternating interlaced knots and 'combs'; and on the neck, two narrow and a wide horizontal band.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Muel ⪼ Aragon ⪼ Spanish
  • Teruel

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1600

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( in blue)
Base Diameter 10.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior except for the base, and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval stick-on label with gold border

  • Text: 123
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in pencil
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.274-1991
Primary reference Number: 74004
Packing number: EURCER 344
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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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