Apothecary jugs from the 17th & 18th century Italy served
both functional and decorative purposes.
This one is embellished with a hand painted floral design over a buff ground.
The storage vessel was used in apothecaries as containers
for ointments, oils, and various medicines.
Well established as a profession by the seventeenth century,
the apothecaries were chemists, mixing and selling their own medicines.
They sold potions from a fixed shopfront, catering to other medical practitioners,
such as surgeons, but also to lay customers walking in from the street.
Height: 13 3/4"
Width: 9 1/2"
base diameter: 5 3/4"
ID. 300 LOC.F
this 300+ year old apothecary jug is in great condition for it's age with only minor damage, chips & flakes to the base and body.