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Pharmacy jar: C.2250-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in bright blue, bluish-green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple. Slender, extremely waisted albarello with recessed base.
On each side is a tulip with branching, curling leaves above and below, which curve round to meet at the sides. The blue ground has spirals incised through it. The sloping area above the base is decorated with highly stylised buds and foliage between two pairs of horizontal blue bands. On the shoulder there is one blue band, and on the neck there are two.


History note: Taormina, where purchased in April 1904 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher (Typed Cat. 2023).

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Caltagirone ⪼ Sicily ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late
18th Century
Circa 1675 CE - 1900 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( in bright blue, bluish-green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple)
Widest Part Diameter 10.5 cm
Rim Diameter 8.0 cm
Base Diameter 8.5 cm

Materials used in production

except base Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior; base unglazed. Painted in bright blue, bluish-green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2250-1928
Primary reference Number: 80806
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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