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Drug jar

  • Place of origin:

    Naples (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1475 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware, painted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 36, shelf 6

Physical description

Vase of tin-glazed earthenware and painted in colours with a woman's head in profile.

Place of Origin

Naples (made)


ca. 1475 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware, painted


Height: 34.5 cm, Diameter: 15.5 cm

Object history note

Purchase price note: Bought for £30 1s 6d.

Descriptive line

Vase of tin-glazed earthenware and painted in colours, Naples, ca. 1475.

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

Cora, G. Storia della maiolica di Firenze e del contado: Secoli xiv e xv. Firenze, 1973. n. 212-216.
Donatone, G. La Maiolica napoletana del Rinascimento. Napoli, 1993. tavg,114.

Labels and date

Drug jar depicting Portrait of a woman, probably Eleanor of Aragon.
Made in Naples, Italy About 1475
Tin-glazed earthenware

245-1894 [16/07/2008]

Production Note

J Mallet
Naples (not Castello sforzesco as in label), about 1475.

Both portrait and ornament at the back are very similar to a jar of squatter form ill. by Von Falke, Sammlung Reitard Zachike, Tafel 3, Figs, 4a & b.

Cora, 1975, the portrait is identified (questionably) as that of Eleonor of Aragona

Donatone, 1993, Royal factory of Castelnuovo, about 1473, "Master of the Cappella del Brancaccio" Probably portrait of Eleanor of Aragon in the year of her wedding to Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. Similar iconography in a piece in the Zschille Collection, Leipzig.


Tin glaze; Earthenware




Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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