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Pharmacy jar: C.54-1927

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Potter: Unknown (Possibly)




Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue, green, yellow, and manganese, with a bust of a man and 'gothic' foliage.

Earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and interior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and manganese. Albarello with slightly waisted sides and sloping shoulders.
On the front, a bust of a straight-haired man wearing a cap faces in profile to left within a contour panel scattered with groups of three dots. The back is decorated with `gothic' foliage surrounding a peacock's feather eye. Below, there are horizontal blue bands, and on the neck, slanting reversed Ss between horizontal bands.


History note: Lieut-Col. Aubrey Kennard, from whom purchased in 1926 by F. Leverton Harris (1864-1926)

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Naples ⪼ Campania ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1927) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


15th Century, Late
Circa 1470 CE - 1490 CE


Probably made in Naples or its area

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue, green, yellow, and manganese)
Base Diameter 10 cm
Rim Diameter 11.5 cm
Widest Part Diameter 13.2 cm

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and interior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, yellow, and manganese.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: pale blue rectangle

  • Text: D'Oudes
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.54-1927
Primary reference Number: 80772
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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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