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Drug jar

  • Place of origin:

    Faenza (made)

  • Date:

    1540 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 41, shelf 1

Physical description

One of a pair of drug jars. Rope moulding in relief near the mouth and base. Painted in dark blue, orange, yellow, copper green and opaque white. Justice is seated with a sword and scales and a man in classical dress (perhaps Orpheus). Both are decorated on either side with a polychrome figure-subject in a circular medallion reserved amongst a composition of symmetrical grotesques repeated on each side but differing on the two jars, with a wavy ribbon above and below on no. c.2108-1920 (Rackham no. 303), above only on no. c.2107-1910 (Rackham no. 304).

Place of Origin

Faenza (made)


1540 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Height: 39.5 cm, Depth: 33 cm

Descriptive line

Large drug jar, tin-glazed earthenware depicting Orpheus playing the violin with the figure of Iustitia, Faenza Berettino ware, dated 1540

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

Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, London : H.M.S.O., 1977

Labels and date

Drug jar depicting Orpheus playing the violin with the figure of Iustitia
dated 1540
Tin-glazed earthenware

C.2108-1910 [16/07/2008]

Production Note

J mallet, 05/2003
Same set as 2107-1910, but slightly different. Well painted grotesques, probably genuine. Dated 1540. Depicting figure of Orpheus playing the violin and Iustitia.


Earthenware; Tin glaze


Painting (image-making); Tin glazing

Subjects depicted

Violins; Grotesques


Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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