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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Grue, Saverio (?); Fuina, Gesualdo (?)
Culture:Italian (1731-1799; 1755-1822)
Title:Drug bottle with floral bouquet
Date Made:18th century
Type:Container; Medical
Materials:Earthenware; cobalt pigment with tin glaze (majolica)
Place Made:Europe; Italy; Castelli d'Abruzzo
Measurements:Overall: 12 1/2 in x 7 3/8 in; 31.7 cm x 18.7 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: lwr. ctr. beneath decorative bouquet (blue on white ground): A [backwards P, indicating the letter Q]: ROS: RVBR.". [the inscription indicates that the jar was used to hold a liquid made from red roses (Rosa rubra)]
Accession Number:  MH 2002.3.24
Credit Line:Joseph J. Hammer Collection, Gift of Roy A. Hammer
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Description:
Footed, globular bottle-form ceramic jar decorated with a blue floral bouquet, with scroll decoration flanking a trellised panel; inscribed in blue below the bouquet "A[backwards P, indicating the letter Q]: ROS: RVBR.."

Label Text:
This bottle is one of a pair likely painted by Saverio Grue (1731-1799) or Gesualdo Fuina (1755-1822), master ceramicists from Castelli d'Abruzzo in southern Italy. This beautifully painted bouquet of irises and other flowers is a testament to the painter’s virtuosity. In contrast, the applied foot shows another artist’s hand, revealing a collaborative creative process. From the form and the abbreviations for Aqua Rosa Rubra we know the vessel contained rose water, an ingredient in a variety of products ranging from cosmetics and perfume, to drinks and cooking.

Tags:
pottery; containers; medicine

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