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Pharmacy jar: C.65-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Workshop: Pompei, Orazio




Maiolica spouted pharmacy jar, painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange with profile busts of two young women, and the drug name 'O FILOSOFO' .

Earthenware, tin-glazed except for the base. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange. Dragon-spouted baluster jar with strap handle. The spout is surrounded by a truncated heart-shaped panel, enclosing profile busts of two young women facing inwards on either side of an oval yellow mask with a stubbly chin. They have blonde hair and wear green, low-necked dresses with high-necked white chemises. The panel is surrounded by blue and white formal foliage on an orange ground, bordered by vertical green lines edged with blue. The drug name `O FILOSOFO' is inscribed in Roman capitals on a label between yellow horizontal bands which encircle the lower part of the jar. On the back and sides there are large blue spirals, and on the outside of the handle, four vertical blue stripes. The rim is blue with a green horizontal band below. The scales on the spout are blue on a greyish-blue ground.


History note: A. Wylie; F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Castelli ⪼ The Abruzzi ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1926) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


16th century
Circa 1550 CE - 1560 CE


Formerly attributed to Faenza or Deruta

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and orange)
Rim Diameter 10.6 cm
Base Diameter 9.8 cm
Widest Part Width 22.5 cm

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Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: O FILOSOFO
  • Location: On lower part of jar
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in Roman capitals

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.65-1927
Primary reference Number: 75748
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 April 2023

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

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