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Drug jar

  • Place of origin:

    Pesaro (possibly, made)
    Faenza (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1480-1490 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case J1, shelf 1

Physical description

Pharmacy, drug or storage jar painted in dark blue, orange, deep manganese purple and greenish turquoise blue. On opposite sides of the body are wreaths enclosing two intertwined wading birds on one side and on the other, two hands clasped with a label inscribed 'FIDESONIA' (for fides omnia) above and a sun-face with rays below. Below the main design is a band of peacock feather ornament interrupted by a label with the name of the contents inscirbed on it 'cons/va y' in gothic characters. On the neck are 'San Bernardino rays' pointing upwards.

Place of Origin

Pesaro (possibly, made)
Faenza (possibly, made)


1480-1490 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

Latin. Painted on body. Should read 'Fides Omnia' roughly 'loyalty above all'


Height: 30.5 cm, Diameter: 22.5 cm

Descriptive line

Drug jar, two wreaths painted on body with wading birds on one side, clasped hands with label 'FIDESONIA' on the other, made in Pesaro or Faenza, Italy, 1480-1490, tin-glazed earthenware

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

Rackham, Bernard. Italian Maiolica. London : Faber and Faber, 1952. Pl.20
Conti, G. L'arte della Maiolica in Italia. Milan, 1973. Fig. 81
Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, London : H.M.S.O., 1977

Labels and date

Drug jar
Made in Pesaro or Faenza, Italy 1480-1500

Tin-glazed earthenware

4628-1858 [16/07/2008]

Production Note

Cf. the same motif of birds with intertwined necks on a tile from the pavement on 1471-1482 made for Abbes Maria De Benedetti (cf. No. 191) ill. by Lucca Fornari Schianchi, 'Ai Piedi della Badessa, Parma 1988, No.71.


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Tin glazing

Subjects depicted

Hands; Sun-rays; Wreaths; Peacock feathers; Sun; Birds


Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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