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Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars


Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars

Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars







Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars

Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars







Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars
Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars






Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars
Pair of Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars






Hand-Painted Porcelain Apothecary Jars

These small unmarked porcelain apothecary jars are hand-painted with lovely realistically rendered botanicals and the painting is supurb! The colors, rendering, shading and composition are equal in quality to very fine 19th Century botanical drawings. One jar is inscribed with the herb 'Ruda' and the other with 'Ancollia'. Ruda is the Spanish term for the herb Rue or 'Ruta Graveolens', which is the botanical term. Rue was brought to North America by the Spanish conquistadors and was originally native to the Mediterranean area, although it is now cultivated in other parts of the world. The other term came up with nothing in my research. Being a Spanish term may also point to a Spanish origin. These are classic apothecary jar forms, although somwhat smaller in size than usual. The bands of terra cotta is actually a copper luster glaze, reminiscent of the Hispano-Moresque pottery glazes, another clue which may point the origin to Northern Spain or South of France. They are 6 1/4 inches tall and are in perfect condition. Given their high quality of artistry and finding a nearly identical one pictured in "Apothecary Jars" by Rudolf E.A. Drey, my guess is that they are from mid-late19th century France or Portugal.

Item #da014

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