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Pharmacy jar: C.78-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Potter: Unidentified Pesaro potter




Tin-glazed earthenware, painted on the front in polychrome, with a profile bust of a man and woman in contemporary costume, gothic foliage and peacock's feather eye motifs.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and more thinly on the interior; base and outer edge of base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple. Broad albarello with straight sides.
On the front, in a contour panel with three lobes on each side, are profile busts of a man and woman wearing contemporary costume, facing inwards towards a vase of pinks, with groups of three dots in the background. The rest of the main field is decorated with gothic foliage and peacock's feather eye motifs. Above and below there is a wide blue band and a dark yellow band between two blue; on the shoulder, a row of blue chevrons with a horizontal blue band above. `4S758' is incised into the base.


History note: Probably Alexander Barker; Sir Francis Cook, Bt; Wyndham Francis Cook; Humphrey Wyndham Cook; Christie's, 7 July 1925, Catalogue of an important collection of objects of art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the property of Humphrey W. Cook, Esq., and removed from 8 Cadogan Square, S.W., being a portion of the celebrated collection formed by the late Sir Francis Cook, Bart., lot 97; Kurt Glogowski; Sotheby's, 8 June 1932, Catalogue of the well-known collection of important Italian majolica, also bronzes and statuary, velvets, textiles and embroideries, fine Oriental rugs, & c. the property of Herr Kurt Glogowski of Berlin, lot 66; Charles Damiron; Sotheby's, 16 June 1938, Catalogue of the very choice collection of old Italian majolica and Hispano-Moresque ware, the property of Monsieur Damiron, 8 rue Vaubecour, Lyons, lot 52; £410 Louis C.G. Clarke.

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 21.2 cm
Height: 26.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Pesaro ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


15th Century, Late
Circa 1470 CE - 1480 CE


Formerly attributed to Faenza. The pinks in the vase were emblems of love and betrothal.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple)
Base Diameter 17.3 cm
Rim Diameter 20 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and more thinly on the interior; base and outer edge of base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: 'GLOGOWSKI SAMMLUNG/No' and '214'
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 4S758
  • Location: In base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.78-1961
Primary reference Number: 79542
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 July 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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