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Pharmacy jar: C.39-1931

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): case 1, shelf B


Pottery: Unknown (District of)




Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue and yellow with a shield of arms on the front, surrounded by a wreath, stems, leaves and lines.

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior. The glaze is applied thinly to the interior and appears pink where the fabric shows through it. Painted in dark blue and pale yellow.
Uneven sides, sloping shoulders, short cylindrical neck and projecting rim.
On the front, within a yellow contour line, is a kite-shaped shield bearing the arms azure, a fess or between three fleurs-de-lis or (two in chief and one in base) surrounded by a wreath of serrated leaves bound with yellow. The rest of the main field is decorated with vertical yellow stems outlined in blue, each bearing three horizontal vine (?) leaves with scratched veins. The spaces are filled with groups of short horizontal lines above vertical strokes. Below, and on the shoulder, there is a horizontal version of the same design. Round the neck, between horizontal blue and yellow bands, there are dots and oblique lines.


History note: Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd., London.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 23.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1931) by Cecil Leitch & Kerin Ltd.


15th Century#
Circa 1440 CE - 1480 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( dark blue and pale yellow)
Base Diameter 11.5 cm
Mouth Diameter 11.5 cm
At Widest Point Width 14.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the interior and exterior. The glaze is applied thinly to the interior and appears pink where the fabric shows through it. Painted in dark blue and pale yellow.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.39-1931
Primary reference Number: 81578
Glaisher additions number: Gl. Add.30
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 August 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 9 January 2024

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

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