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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Drug Bottle

1540 ca. (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Spouted drug-jar, and cover.Pear-shaped body with wide neck, tin-glazed outside and lead-glazed inside.
Spout in the form of a scaly monster's neck, broad strap handle; lightly domed cover, painted with radiating foliage on petal-pattern. Painted in colours: blue, green, orange, yellow.
Painted on each side of the spout with a caricatured bearded man's head on a blue ground in a panel reserved on an orange ground painted with formal foliage in blue. At the foot rests the inscription "OE EVFORBIO"


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Jar
  • Cover
Materials and Techniques
Tin-glazed earthenware
Brief Description
Drug bottle, 'OE.EVFORBIO' painted on label, made in Castelli, Italy, 1530, tin-glazed earthenware
Physical Description
Spouted drug-jar, and cover.Pear-shaped body with wide neck, tin-glazed outside and lead-glazed inside.

Spout in the form of a scaly monster's neck, broad strap handle; lightly domed cover, painted with radiating foliage on petal-pattern. Painted in colours: blue, green, orange, yellow.

Painted on each side of the spout with a caricatured bearded man's head on a blue ground in a panel reserved on an orange ground painted with formal foliage in blue. At the foot rests the inscription "OE EVFORBIO"
Dimensions
  • Height: 10.75in
  • Width: 9in
Marks and Inscriptions
'OE.EVFORBIO' (Painted in Gothic script on a label. Oil of Euphorbium is dried latex obtained from the stem of Euphorbia resinifera and other species of Euphorbia.)
Gallery Label
Drug bottle Made in Castelli, Italy 1530 OE.EVFORBIO Tin-glazed earthenware C.80-1944 Bequeathed by Sir St.Clair Thomson(16/07/2008)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Sir St.Clair Thomson
Object history
Formerly part of the Collection Damiron. Sale Catalogue (Sotheby's, 16th june, 1938) lot. No. 21 (£36).
Production
J Mallet

Look at Drey.

From the so-called Orsini-Colonna service: compare catalogue Nos. 250-257.
Bibliographic Reference
Drey, R. Istoriato maiolica with scenes from the Second Punic War. Livy's history of Rome as source material. In: T. Wilson, ed. Italian Renaissance Pottery . London, 1991.
Collection
Accession Number
C.80-1944

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record createdJuly 16, 2008
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