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Drug jar

Drug jar

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1450 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Buff-coloured earthenware covered in tin-glaze and painted in high-firing oxides

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 36, shelf 7

Physical description

Jug of tin-glazed earthenware. Globular body, narrow neck with expanding mouth, short spout (not original), spreading foot and wavy loop handle; painted in dark blue, greenish-blue, yellow and manganese-purple. On each side of the bodyn is a leafy spray terminating in a bud on a ground of short strokes; beneath the spout is a lobed device and on either side of the handle there is a vertical band of hatched lines.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1450 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Buff-coloured earthenware covered in tin-glaze and painted in high-firing oxides

Marks and inscriptions

Maker's mark painted at the base of the handle


Height: 19 cm, Diameter: 12 cm

Object history note

Dug up in Florence.

Purchase price note: Bought for £3 2s 10d.

Descriptive line

Jug of tin-glazed earthenware, painted, Italy (Florentine zone), 1400-1450

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

Cora, Galeazzo, La storia della

Labels and date

Drug jar
Made in Italy
Tin-glazed earthenware

1222-1901 [16/07/2008]
Jug (Boccale) of enamelled buff-coloured earthenware (maiolica), painted in colours. Found in excavations in Florence. Italian; first half of 15th century [1901]
Drug-pot, earthenware.
Dug up in Florence.
Mark, 't' in blue.
Italian (Florentine); about 1450-70 [1952]

Production Note

Made in the Florentine zone


Earthenware; Tin glaze




Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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