Relief-Blue Jar with Running Boars

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Relief-Blue Jar with Running Boars






Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Europe (Place created)


about 1430


Tin-glazed earthenware

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25.1 × 12.5 × 24.4 cm (9 7/8 × 4 15/16 × 9 5/8 in.)

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The body of this two-handled drug jar is decorated on each side with a running boar and branches of leaves in relief blue impasto. A crutch, emblem of the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Florence, is painted on each of the handles indicating it belonged to that hospital.

In the early Middle Ages hospitals were simple hospices set up outside cities to offer food and lodging to pilgrims and travelers. The Santa Maria Nuova hospital, the largest in Florence by the mid-fourteenth century, was the first hospital in that city to be dedicated primarily to caring for the sick. From documents such as the hospital's account books, we know that Santa Maria Nuova supplied medical care to a wide cross section of Florence's population.

perhaps 1743 -

Possibly Sir John Ingilby, perhaps acquired while he was in Italy in 1743, though certainly at Ripley Castle for several generations; by inheritance to Sir Joslan Ingilby.
Source: The information on Sir John Ingilby was provided by Sir Thomas Ingilby.

- 1974

Sir Joslan William Vivian Ingilby, fifth Bart., 1907 - 1974 [withdrawn, Sotheby's, London, July 2, 1974, lot 261, due to the sudden death of Sir Ingilby in June 1974], by inheritance to Sir Thomas Ingilby, 1974.

1974 - 1981

Sir Thomas Ingilby [sold, Sotheby's, London, April 14, 1981, lot 13, to Rainer Zietz Limited.]

1981 - 1984

Rainer Zietz Limited, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.


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