Drug Jar

Description (Brief)
This albarello-shaped drug jar is decorated with blue arches or false gadroons. In Apothecary Jars by Rudolf Drey, a similar jar to 1991.0664.0648 through 1991.0664.0664, is illustrated, and attributed to Savona, a seaport town in northern Italy, and has a similar blue and manganese pallet. Although similar this container has oval gold and brown medallions painted in the cold technique inside each arch. The waist of the albarello has been left blank allowing the apothecary to reuse the container for different medications and write in the appropriate label.
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
place made
Italia: Liguria, Savona
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 18 cm x 12.5 cm; 7 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 582
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History