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Drug jar

Drug jar

  • Place of origin:

    Naples (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1475 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case I1, shelf 1

Physical description

Pinky-buff body of waisted albarello form with blue lines around the shoulders. Below the rim, blue lines witha band of 'S' motifs. The front painted with a portrait in blue, orange, green and purple with a banner on the left inscribed 'SANCZONE'. The back painted with heavy scrolls in blue, purple and orange. The base bears a label of the C.DAMIRON collection.

Place of Origin

Naples (city) (made)


ca. 1475 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

Painted on the left hand side.


Height: 30 cm taken from Register

Object history note

Purchased by Cyril Humphris, for £9,692.55, from the Sothebys sale of the Lurigne Collection of Lyons and the Charles Damiron collection (26 April 1983, cat.15).
Sold Sothebys also 16/6/38.

Descriptive line

Drug jar (albarello) of buff earthenware covered with a tin glaze and painted in colours with a portrait of Arnaldo Sanczone. Italian (Naples), about 1475.

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

Donatone, G. La Maiolica napoletana del Rinascimento. Napoli, 1993. tav.31
Mallet, John. Alcune Maioliche faentine in raccolte inglesi. Faenza. Anno LX. 7 p., 18 p.
Donatone, Guido. Maioliche Napoletane della spezieria aragonese di Castelnuovo. Naples : L. Regina, 1970.

Labels and date

Drug jar (albarello) depicting Portrait of Arnaldo Sanczone
Made in Naples, Italy about 1475
Tin-glazed earthenware

C.209-1983 [16/07/2008]
Drug jar, Naples, about 1470 [2010 (TAB)]

Production Note

Naples, about 1475.

For the original attribution of these drug jars to Naples, see Guido Donatore, 1971. Also Donatone, 1993 : albarello painted after 1470, by the "Master of the Cappella Brancaccio", in the Castelnuovo factory. Perhaps portrait of Arnaldo Sanczone.

John Mallet, "Alcune Maioliche faentine in raccolte inglesi." Faenza, Anno LX, P. 7. P. 18.




Ceramics; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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