Drug Jar for Syrup of Lemon Juice

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Drug Jar for Syrup of Lemon Juice






Naples or Sciacca, Probably Pesaro or Possibly Kingdom of Naples, Italy (Place Created)


about 1480


Tin-glazed earthenware

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31.4 × 11.1 × 12.4 cm (12 3/8 × 4 3/8 × 4 7/8 in.)

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The painted label on this jar identifies its contents in Latin as syrupus acetositatis citriorum, or syrup of lemon juice. Latin was the language of all scientific writing in the 1400s. This preparation was used to reduce inflammations, calm fevers, quench thirst, and counteract drunkenness and dizziness. The tapered shape of this container made it easy to grasp and pour. The wide lip on its tall neck held a string, which secured the leather, paper, or cloth cover in place.

The jar displays a common late fifteenth-century motif of undulating leaves, known as scrolling Gothic leaves after a type of broad-leaf decoration found in the border illuminations of contemporary manuscripts.

by 1913 - 1938

Alfred Pringsheim, 1850 - 1941 (Munich, Germany), looted by the Nazis on Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938.

1938 - 1939

In the possession of the Nazis [sold, Sotheby's, London, June 7, 1939, lot 9, to A. Recher.]

1939 -

A. Recher (London, England)
Source: This information comes from an annotated Sotheby's catalogue.

by 1944

Charles Damiron (Lyons, France), by inheritance to Paul Damiron.

- 1983

Paul Damiron [sold, Sotheby's, London, November 22, 1983, lot 212.]

- 1984

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

L'arte del Vasaio: The Italian Renaissance Potter's Art (February 5, 1991 to January 4, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), February 5, 1991 to January 5, 1992
French Master Drawings (December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992