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Pharmacy vase: C.2217-1928

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Probably Nicolò Poggi factory (Factory)


Maiolica pharmacy vase painted in blue

Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in bright blue.
Oviform with a spreading foot, short flaring neck, and two handles in the form of a monster's head with a grotesque mask in relief below; another mask is applied to the middle of the lower part of the body.
A scroll inscribed 'Aqua de liris' in gothic letters runs round the body at the level of the masks. Between the first two words there is a reclining, partially draped man, facing to the right, blowing a long trumpet which he holds in his left hand. Above the scroll on both sides of the jar, there are sketchy landscapes with buildings. The rest of the surface is strewn with fruits, foliage and insects. There are horizontal bands round the rim, the middle of the neck, the junction of the foot and body, and the edge of the foot. The underside of the foot is marked in blue with a lighthouse.


History note: Venice, where purchased in 1903 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher (MS Cat. 1859)

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Albisola ⪼ Liguria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 19th Century
Circa 1875 - 1900 1900

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colour ( in bright blue) Foot: Diameter 10.5 cm
Widest Part: Width 18.4 cm

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed overall. Painted in bright blue.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2217-1928
Primary reference Number: 80790
Old object number: 1859
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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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