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Drug jar

Drug jar

  • Place of origin:

    Orvieto (possibly, made)
    Deruta (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    about 1450 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sydney Vacher

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Cylindrical body with slanting shoulder and wide flanged neck. Round the body large leaves, alternately, trefoil and heart-shaped, branching from a continuous wavy stem. An obliquely striped band round the shoulder, chain-pattern round the neck.

Place of Origin

Orvieto (possibly, made)
Deruta (possibly, made)


about 1450 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Object history note

Found at Orvieto.
Sydney Vacher gave this and 5 other pieces of 'Orvieto ware' which he had acquired at the sale at Sotheby's (16-17 Feb.1914) from the collections formed by Signor Avvocato Marcioni and Cavaliere Capitano Lucatelli of Orvieto.

Said by Rackham to be Orvieto, first half 15th century.

Historical context note

Copying Hispano-Moreque style (see 363-1889).

Descriptive line

Buff earthenware covered with a thin tin glaze and painted in green and brown with a leaf design. Italian (Orvieto or Deruta), about 1450-75

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

Rackham, Bernard, Catalogue of Italian Maiolica. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2nd edition, 1977

Labels and date

Drug jar
Tin-glazed earthenware
C.113-1914 [16/07/2008]
Drug jar, Orvieto or Deruta, 1450-75 [2010 (TAB)]




Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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