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Maker(s) &
Production:

Domenego da Venezia, workshop, Italy, The Veneto, Venice

Production
Note:

The jar held Mostarda Fina, which means either fine mustard or a fruit pickle or sauce, known as mostarda. While mustard was possibly the contents of some jars, it seems more likely that the majority of large jars held fruit pickle. Most large jars of this type which have labels are inscribed Mostarda, and if all were filled with mustard, it would be necessary to explain why Venetians were consuming such vast quantities for culinary and medicinal purposes in comparison with citizens of other Italian towns.

Collection:

C. B. Marlay

Category:

tin-glazed earthenware

Name(s):

pharmacy jar
maiolica; category

Other Name:

storage jar

Date:

circa 1560 1570

Period:

third quarter of 16th century

Description(s):

Maiolica pharmacy or storage jar, painted in polychrome with, on one side, a grotesque male head, and on the other side, a label inscribed `Mostarda FA'.
Earthenware, tin-glazed off-white on the exterior and interior; rim and base unglazed. Painted in bright dark blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese, black, and white. The yellow and orange stand up from the surface.
Albarello with wide flat rim, curving shoulders, and straight sides, sloping inwards diagonally above the projecting base.
On the front is a rectangular label inscribed `Mostarda FA' in black Gothic script, and on the other side, an oval scrolled frame enclosing a grotesque male head in profile to left. The rest of the main field and the shoulders are decorated with stylised flowers and scrolling foliage, reserved in a dark blue ground incised with coiling tendrils. On the neck, the shoulders and the edge of the base are yellow and blue horizontal bands with narrow orange bands over the former.

Technique(s):

tin-glazing; whole; except rim and base
painting; decoration

Material(s):

earthenware; whole
tin-glaze; whole; except rim and base
high-temperature colours; decoration; bright dark blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese, black, and white

Technique
Description:

Earthenware, tin-glazed off-white on the exterior and interior; rim and base unglazed. Painted in bright dark blue, green, yellow, orange, manganese, black, and white. The yellow and orange stand up from the surface.

Dimension(s):

height, whole, 37.8, cm
diameter, rim, 19.8, cm
diameter, base, 19.4, cm
width, widest part, 28.5, cm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1912; Marlay, Charles Brinsley

Provenance:

Unknown.

Acquisition Credit:

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Inscription(s):

; on the front; inscribed in black Gothic script; Mostarda FA; in a rectangular label
label; inscribed in black ink; 16323/Pau M 100; rectangular with cut corners and blue printed border

Exhibition(s):

Italian Maiolica in the Fitzwilliam Museum. 1995-10-03 - 1996-01-07
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Catalogue number: no catalogue

Documentation:

Poole, Julia E.. 1995. Italian Maiolica and Incised Slipware in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. pp. 415-417
Publ. pp. 415-417, no. 446

Nordio, Jeanette Nance. 1988. Taste of Venice, Traditional Venetian Cooking.Topsfield, Massachusetts: Salem House Publishers
Ref. p. 207, for a modern recipe for 'Mostarda Fina alla Venessiana'

Related Object:

MAR.C.68B-1912

Accession:

Object Number: MAR.C.68A-1912
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 77387; input: 2002-08-21; modified: 2016-08-11)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/77387





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