A LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE PILL-JAR
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A LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE PILL-JAR

LAST QUARTER OF THE 17TH CENTURY

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A LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE PILL-JAR
LAST QUARTER OF THE 17TH CENTURY
Of conventional form, named for P:MASTICH within a label surmounted by a bust of Apollo flanked by birds and branches, supported by a winged mask suspending swags of fruit and flowers with a tassel pendant (slight chipping to rims and stained crazing)
4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high
Literature
Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Catalogue, Vol. II, D405.
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Lot Essay

Pilulae Mastiche were pills made from mastic, the gum resin from the bark of the shrub Pistacia lentiscus, the ivory-coloured resin was was chewed to soothe stomach complaints.

The 'Apollo-peacock' design is noted by J.K. Crellin, Medical Ceramics A Catalogue of the English and Dutch Collections in the Museum of The Wellcome Institute of the History of Medicine, London, 1969, pp. 25-27. See also Briony Hudson (ed.), English Delftware Drug Jars The collection of the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London, 2006, pp. 166-170, nos. 133-137 for related jars and pp. 157-165, nos. 124-132 for other larger dry and wet drug jars of this design.

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