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Pharmacy jar: C.60-1927

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unidentified Pesaro potter (Probably)




Maiolica pharmacy jar, painted in blue, green, yellow and manganese with boys wearing contemporary costumes.

Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and very thinly on the interior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple. Broad albarello form with straight sides. Round the middle are four busts of boys wearing contemporary costume face in profile to left. One is flanked by gothic foliage and peacock's feather eye motifs, the others by scrolling foliage bearing parti-coloured fruits against a dotted background. Above and below there is a wide blue band and a dark yellow band between two blue; and on the shoulder, a row of blue chevrons with a blue band above.


History note: Arthur G. Sambon; Paris, Galerie Petit, 27 May 1914, Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité de l'antiquité du Moyen Age, de la Renaissance et autres . . ., formant la collection de M. Arthur Sambon, lot 241; sold to Kaufmann for 7,000 francs. Durlacher Brothers, London, from whom purchased on 4 December 1919 for £1,600 by F. Leverton Harris.

Legal notes

F. Leverton Harris Bequest, 1926

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20.3 cm
Height: 26.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Pesaro ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1926) by Harris, Frederick Leverton


Late 15th century
Circa 1470 CE - 1490 CE


Formerly attributed to Faenza

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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 17.2 cm
Rim Diameter 18.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, tin-glazed on the exterior and very thinly on the interior; base unglazed. Painted in dark blue, green, dark yellow, and manganese-purple.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.60-1927
Primary reference Number: 79385
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

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

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