1 November 2005
A set of two Marchegian maiolica berettino-ground syrup jars
LATE 16TH-EARLY 17TH CENTURY
Versatoi, both of ovoid form on flaring foot with short spout and a flat handle, inscribed OXIMEL.SQVI.CO and SY.O.D.BETONIA within a scrolled banner outlined in white and reserved on a foglie ground beneath the flat handle bearing a féronnerie coat-of-arms enhanced in yellow depicting three stars and flanked by the initials F and C, the pinched neck and foot enhanced with rings
21 and 21.3 cm. high (2)
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The jar inscribed SY.O.D.BETONIA is illustrated in D. Korf, 'Het a foglie-ornament op Nederlandse majolica', Antiek, February, 1975, IX, No. 7, pp. 693-711, ill. 4, p. 695.
OXIMEL.SQVI.CO for a syrupy potion consisting of honey and vinegar probably compounded with Squinante (Schoenanthum), a grass originating from North Africa and certain Eastern countries (Camel's Hay).
SY.O.D.BETONIA for a syrup made of the herbs of wood betony.
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