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Pharmacy jar: EC.27-1946

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Potter: Unidentified Pesaro potter




Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue and orange, with bands, intersecting wavy lines forming circles containing flowers, stems, and trefoils.

Earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and interior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue and a little orange. Tall waisted albarello.
Round the waist, between dark blue, orange, and reserved white horizontal bands of different widths, there is a wide horizontal zone with a dotted background decorated with two intersecting wavy lines forming five circles, each containing a flower with an orange centre and four stems bearing a trefoil leaf and tendrils. Between the circles there are vertical stems with a trefoil and tendrils at each end. Above and below there are bands of simpler patterns of the same type. At the top and bottom of the main field there are wide blue and narrow reserved white bands and, on the shoulder, blue dabs and orange and blue bands.


History note: Copper & Adams, London

Legal notes

Purchased with the Leverton Harris Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 14.3 cm
Height: 32.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Pesaro ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1946) by Copper & Adams


15th Century, Late
Circa 1480 CE - 1500 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue and a little orange)
Rim Diameter 10.8 cm
Base Diameter 12.3 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and interior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue and a little orange.

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.27-1946
Primary reference Number: 79518
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 July 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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