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  • Place of origin:

    Duchy of Urbino (made)

  • Date:

    before 1502 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case K1, shelf 4

Physical description

Vase painted in dark blue, orange, yellow and copper green. On either side, within a wreath with, below, a tablet inscribed in one case, "HPAO" and in the other, "SRNO." An eagle displayed crowned, perched on a section of ragged trunk supporting a shield of testa di cavallo form, and a figure of Mucius Scaevola are also present. The shield bears the arms of Guidobaldo I da Montelfeltro, Duke of Urbino (1482-1508). The neck is painted in blue alla porcellana with flowers and foliage.

Place of Origin

Duchy of Urbino (made)


before 1502 (made)

Marks and inscriptions

Incised marks on base
Such symbols are only found on pharmaceutical jars and were probably added by apothecaries rather than makers. They may indicate the weights of jars when empty.


Height: 33.5 cm, Diameter: 26.0 cm

Object history note

George Salting collection. Formerly in collection of Madame D'Yvon (sale Galérie Georges Petit, Paris, 30 May 1892, lot 51).

Historical context note

Drug jars (no contents specified).

Descriptive line

Tin-glazed earthenware, made in Castel Durante or Urbino, before 1502

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

See object information file in Ceramics and Glass Dept office
Bernard Rackham, Catalogue of Italian Maiolica, V&A, second impression 1977
Elisa P. Sani, Italian Renaissance Maiolica, V&A Publishing, 2012

Production Note

The absence from the shield of the insignia of Gonfalonier of the Holy Roman Church, an office granted to Guidobaldo da Montefeltro in 1502, shows that the vase cannot have been made later then that date.


Tin-glazed earthenware


Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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