Pair of 17th or Early 18th Century Italian "Albarelli" Apothecary Jars

(Italy, 17th Century)

Pair of 17th or Early 18th Century Italian "Albarelli" Apothecary Jars
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Pair of 17th or Early 18th Century Italian "Albarelli" Apothecary Jars


Here are a wonderful pair of early Italian apothecary jars, possible 17th Century or earlier. Good over all condition with no repairs and minor chipping.

DIAMETER: in | HEIGHT: 12 in

Origin Italy
Period 17th Century
ConditionVery good

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CONDITION: minor chips

THB REF: 5873143292


"An albarello is a type of maiolica earthenware jar, originally a medicinal jar designed to hold apothecaries' ointments and dry drugs. The development of this type of pharmacy jar had its roots in the Middle East during the time of the Islamic conquests.

Brought to Italy by Hispano-Moresque traders, the earliest Italian examples were produced in Florence in the 15th century. Albarelli (plural) were made in Italy from the first half of the 15th century through to the late 18th century and beyond. Based on Persian designs said to emulate bamboo (the traditional manufacturing material), the jars are usually cylindrical with a slightly concave waist. Variations in size and style can be seen from region to region, ranging from 10 cm to 40 cm in height. Such jars served both functional and decorative purposes in traditional apothecaries and pharmacies, and represented status and wealth. The jars were generally sealed with a piece of parchment or leather tied with a piece of cord."