22 April 2008,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 2,750
A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN OVIFORM DRUG-BOTTLES
FIRST HALF OF THE 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY PAVIA
With waisted cylindrical necks, the bodies with labels with scrolling ends and named in manganese Gothic script for Aq. Frabios and Aq. Fenirul, against grounds of coloured flowers issuing from green scrolling fronds, the first reserved with a building above the label, a bird below and a large bird on the reverse, the second with a winged putto's head above the label, a bird below and a building on the reverse, on stepped circular feet (first with chip to foot at back, chip to upper rim, second with minute chipping to rim at front)
9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) and 10 in. (25.3 cm.) high (2)
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The second jar could possibly have contained a mixture derived from fennel, see Rudolf Drey, Apothecary Jars (London, 1978), p. 203, where he notes that 'Foeniculum (Foeniculum vulgare), leaves, root and fruit used'.
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