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Wet drug jar.
Additional Title(s):
S. ex. althaeae
London or Bristol, England, between 1700 and 1725.
Physical Description:
1 jar : white delftware ; 18 cm high (including handle) x 15 cm in diameter (20 cm including handle)
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Spencer Jar 5
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of James N. Spencer and Kathleen Moretto Spencer
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
The inscription means "syrupus extratum althaea" or "syrup of marshmallow extract."
"Originally a compound syrup made from marshmallow root ... mixed with red chick peas, grass root, asparagus, liquorice, raisins, marchmallow leaves, mallow, pellitory of the wall, pimpernel, plantain, and black and white maidenhair fern and four greater and lesser cold seeds, boiled with water and strained; the liquid was then boiled with sugar to make a syrup. Later the formula was reduced to marshmallow root, liquorice and maidenhair fern, or to marshmallow root only, with sugar to make a syrup." See Harrod in Lipsky & Archer, p. 399.
Title from Spencer.
Spencer, K. M. James N. Spencer Collection of English Delftware Apothecary Jars, 5
The apothecary jar is bulbous on spreading foot with a flanged spout, a strap-like handle, and an everted neck. The label panel is straight with a wavy strap-work frame. The body of the jar is decorated with a blue design featuring cherubs with trumpets. The jar, including the rim and the base, has a white glaze. See Spencer Collection.
Drug jars
Ceramic (material)
Tin glaze
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