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
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 18 cm x 12.5 cm; 7 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in
place made
Italia: Liguria, Savona
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 582
catalog number
European Apothecary
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Drey, Rudolf E.A.. Apothecary Jars
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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