(active 1400-1410 in Florence)

Double-Handled Albarello

Tin-glazed earthenware, height 21 cm
Private collection

An albarello is a type of 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. They were produced in Italy from the 15th through the 18th century in the form known as maiolica, or tin-glazed earthenware.

The present albarello is painted on one side with the mark of a shop proprietor, and on the other with the heraldic charge of Florence, the fleur-de-lis.

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