Albarello

Drug jar

Spanish (Valencia)
Renaissance
about 1435–75


Object Place: Valencia, Spain

Dimensions

Height: 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in.); diameter: 12.7 cm ( 5 in.)

Accession Number

03.1050

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with blue and luster decoration on opaque white glaze

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Earthenware

Cream ground with bands of grape vines in blue and brown; violet and orange reflections. Mate to 03.1051.


This albarello probably held dried herbs or medicinal preparations and may have been used in a domestic setting. Though made in Spain, this type of specialty lusterware with likely decorative motifs was extremely popular in Italy, where the luster technique was not mastered until late in the 15th century.

Provenance

William Homer (b. 1847 - d. by 1903), Boston; 1903, bequest of William Homer to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 26, 1903)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Homer