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Pharmacy jar: C.302-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown


  • Pharmacy jar
  • Other name: albarello
  • Category: Mudejar pottery
  • Category: lustreware



Pale buff earthenware, painted in blue and lustre on a cream tin-glaze

Pale buff earthenware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and brownish-gold lustre on a cream tin-glaze, which runs unevenly onto the surface of the foot ring leaving areas uncovered. The interior is undecorated except for cream glaze. The albarello form jar has a straight neck descending via a carination onto a slightly waisted body separated from the foot ring by another carination. The exterior is decorated with three rows of alternating gold and blue leaves, shoots and small rosettes, with each row separated by the horizontal wavy blue stems. The rows are dominated by ivy type leaves with incised veins; smaller acanthus type leaves are painted between these larger leaves. A band of gold lustre is painted on the lower body and foot ring.


History note: Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead. Purchased from Wyburd, in November 1918 with another (not accessioned for £15 (see loose leaf notebook recording purchases).

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.5 cm
Width: 14.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Manises ⪼ Valencia ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Mid 15th century
Circa 1440 CE - 1480 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt ( blue)
Exterior composed of reduced-pigment lustre ( brownish-gold) tin-glaze ( cream tin-glaze, runs unevenly onto the surface of the foot ring)
Interior composed of glaze ( cream tin-glaze)
Rim Diameter 10.5 cm
Base Diameter 12.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale buff earthenware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and brownish-gold lustre on a cream tin-glaze, which runs unevenly onto the surface of the foot ring leaving areas uncovered. The interior is undecorated except for cream glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label with serrated edge

  • Text: 450/a
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.302-1991
Primary reference Number: 74331
Packing number: EUCER 132
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 6 February 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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