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Apothecary Jar

Size: Height 13.8" - 35 cm

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Code: MA273/38/104V
This tall apothecary jar is beautifully hand-painted in the style of 17th-century ceramics. It's created by Ceramiche Magnanelli, a family of artisans in Gubbio who have been making traditional pottery since 1967.

Descriptions & details

Until a few decades ago, it was not unusual to see apothecary jars carefully lining the shelves of pharmacies and drugstores. Made in a shape that made them easy to grasp, they held medicinal herbs, spices, and ointments. The jars were decorated to impress, their elaborate designs adding value to their mysterious and expensive contents.

Dimensions (inches): 6.3x13.8h (with lid)
Dimensions (cm): 16x35 (with lid)

Handmade & hand-painted in Gubbio, Italy
Material: ceramic

The artist

The uniqueness of Magnanelli’s pottery lies in its rich decoration and charming antique finish, both inspired by Gubbio ceramics from the 16th century.
Golden dragons, scrolls, oak leaves, and flowers adorn elegantly shaped, classic pieces, often available in three different background colors: blue, red, and green.

Gubbio is a lovely medieval Umbrian town, with picture-book pretty steep streets and rosy stone houses. In Roman times, it was a key stop on the east-west trade route crossing the Appennines, thus developing as an important hub for arts and crafts. Its reputation in ceramics production attracted talents from neighboring regions, and eventually, Mastro Giorgio Andreoli settled in Gubbio in 1495. His iridescent luster majolica earned him fame and honors, and it is still a most prized possession for art collectors and museums worldwide.
Gubbio is still a vibrant pottery-making center, with many artisans keeping the traditional production methods alive.

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