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Drug vase

  • Place of origin:

    Deruta (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1505 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware painted in colours

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 37, shelf 6

Physical description

Drug vase (albarello) of tin-glazed earthenware painted in colours. Inscribed in blue with the name of the drug 'BENEDETA SPRICE' on a horizontal scroll. In the form of a slightly concave cylinder with a bevelled shoulder and base. Above it is a hare running and below are two dolphins with a palmette between then. From the tails of the dolphins spring symmetrically scrolled stems bearing flowers and foliage, and linked together with the stalk of a large flower on the reverse of the vase. The shoulder is decorated with a row of coiled buds in blue reserved on a yellow band. The base is encircled by a wreath of foliage.

Place of Origin

Deruta (made)


ca. 1505 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in colours

Marks and inscriptions

Simple Benedicta
Inscribed in blue round the middle, on a scroll


Height: 22.5 cm, Diameter: 14.4 cm

Descriptive line

Drug vase (albarello) of tin-glazed earthenware painted in colours, Deruta, ca. 1505


Tin glaze; Earthenware



Subjects depicted

Palmettes; Dolphins; Scrolls; Foliage; Wreath; Hare; Flowers


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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