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Drug jar

Drug jar

  • Place of origin:

    Orvieto (probably, made)

  • Date:

    early 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    buff earthenware covered, partly, with a tin glaze and partly with a lead glaze and painted in purple and green

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sydney Vacher

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case I1, shelf 2

Physical description

Drug jar of tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica), painted in manganese-purple and copper- green and depicting a pair of fish, facing each other, on one side. Bulbous body, wide neck, tubular spout connected by a looped tie with the neck, broad flat loop handle. On the one side which remains intact are two fishes confronted against a background of cross-hatching in a rectangular panel. Below the spout the inscription CA (with line above) in Lombardic characters. The lower part covered with a yellow lead glaze.

Place of Origin

Orvieto (probably, made)


early 15th century (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

buff earthenware covered, partly, with a tin glaze and partly with a lead glaze and painted in purple and green

Marks and inscriptions

CA (with line above)


Height: 8 in taken from Register, Diameter: 5 5/8 in taken from the Register

Object history note

Found in a well in Orvieto.
From the collection sof Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli.
Given by Sydney Vacher.
Part of the collections sold at Sotheby's, 16-17 February. 1914, lot 13.

Descriptive line

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in green and brown. Italian (Orvieto), 1300-50

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ceramiche medioevali dell'Umbria
Bernard Rackham, Catalogue of Italian Maiolica in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1940

Labels and date

Drug pot, earthenware. Dug up at Orvieto. Italian, first half of 15th century. Given by Mr. Sydney Vacher. Cat. no.23. [18.11.1952]
Found in excavations in Orvieto. 14th or early 15th century. [pre 1952]
Jar for Liquids
Italy, probably Orivieto, early 15th century
Tin and lead glazed earthenware painted in purple and green
Fish were popular choices of imagery on Italian medieval ceramics
Museum no. C.328-1914. Given by Sydney Vacher. [15.10.07 TAB]
Jug, probably, Orvieto, 1300-50 [2010 (TAB & ES)]




Glazing; Painting


Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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