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Drug jar

Drug jar

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1593 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 41, shelf 2

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1593 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

'dia sena nicol'
Nicholas's preparation of senna
Painted in Gothic script on a scroll incircling the waist.

'iacomo vasellaro a ripa granni fecit 1593'
Latin. Signature painted on the back


Height: 22 cm, Diameter: 13.5 cm

Object history note

Purchase price note: Bought for £2 2s 6d.

Descriptive line

Drug jar, 'dia sena nicol' painted on scroll around waist, made in Italy, Rome, tin-glazed earthenware

Labels and date

Drug jar
Made in Italy
dia sena nicol
Tin-glazed earthenware

5402-1859 [16/07/2008]

Production Note

1) See G. Morazzoni, La maiolica veneta I, 1955, p. 85 for the opinion that this was made at Rome, where potters were called "vasellari", and where there is a district in Trastevere called "Ripa Grande". No such district known in Venice.
2) This supported by [G. Liverani] in review of the same book, Faenza XLI, 1955, p. 93. The glaze of this piece is technically poor in comparison with 982.
3) Encyclopedia Italiana, Rome 1934, article "Maiolica" by G. Ballardini, Pl. CLXXI lower right, an albarello very similar to no. 983 with inscription " ROMA 1620 ".
4) G. Liverani, Maioliche romane del rinascimento nel Museo di Roma, Faenza XLI, 1955, p.102
5)See Rackham's 1960 notes for his second thoughts.


Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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