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Spouted pharmacy jar: C.2A-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 1, shelf D


Potter: Unknown (Probably)




Maiolica spouted pharmacy jar, painted in blue, green, and yellow, with a scroll inscribed 'S D CIDRI' scrolling foliage, and splodges.

Pale yellowish buff earthenware, the exterior is covered with very shiny tin glaze, the interior is more thinly glazed, and the base unglazed. Spouted jar. Painted in dark blue, yellowish-green, and yellow.
Below the handle there is a scroll inscribed in blue gothic letters 'S D CIDRI'. The rest of the body and handle are covered with scrolling foliage bearing parti-coloured fruits. On the front of the spout there is a peacock's feather eye motif and dots. The neck is decorated with fan-like palmettes and splodges between yellow and blue lines of varying widths. Round the lower part of the body there is a continuous fish-bone between yellow and blue lines of different widths.


History note: Alfred Spero, London.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 24 cm
Width: 17.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Pesaro ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1932-01-07) by Spero, Alfred


Late 15th century
Circa 1470 CE - 1500 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, yellowish-green, and yellow)
Base Diameter 10 cm
Rim Diameter 9.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S D CIDRI
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2A-1932
Primary reference Number: 79480
Glaisher additions number: Gl. Add.37-1932
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 August 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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