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Pharmacy jar: C.2209-1928

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Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange, with a scroll round the middle inscribed `LOC D FARFA', across a garland of leaves and berries.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed off-white on the exterior and interior; base unglazed. The glaze is speckled. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange.
Cylindrical with convex swellings above and below the waist, and a short neck with expanding and everted rim.
Round the middle there is a scroll inscribed in blue Roman capitals `LOC D FARFA', across a garland of leaves and berries with wavy ribbons on each side. The area within the garland is yellow with an orange pomegranate above and below the label. Round the foot and neck there are yellow, orange, and blue horizontal bands.


History note: Countess Howard de Walden; Thomas Sutton, Eastbourne, from whom purchased in February 1900 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher.

Legal notes

Dr. J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.0 cm
Height: 19.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Castel Durante ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy
  • Urbino ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Mid 16th century
Circa 1540 CE - 1570 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, green, yellow, and orange) Rim Diameter 10.2 cm
Base Diameter 8.2 cm

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed off-white on the exterior and interior; base unglazed. The glaze is speckled. Painted in blue, green, yellow, and orange.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: LOC D FARFA
  • Location: Round the middle
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue Roman capitals
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2209-1928
Primary reference Number: 79271
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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