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An extremley rare large English delft Apollo Head dry drug jar dated 1717

 
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An extremley rare large English delft Apollo Head dry drug jar dated 1717
Item An extremley rare large English delft Apollo Head dry drug jar dated 1717

Description

Of ovoid shape and painted in blue depicting one fish devouring another, surmounted by the radiant head of Apollo set above the date 1711 within a panel. Incsribed DIASCORD and intitals TA. This rare decoration may be attributed to Vauxhall on the basis of wasters from the Vauxhall site decorated with the same cartouche.

A pair of undated jars with the same curious cartouche from the St. George's hospital London were in the Samson and Horne collection, also, a syrup jar dated 1717 was in the Longbridge collection. Another dated syrup jar with intials MK within the cartouche together with a small undated dry drug jar similar to this example and an ovoid jar for DIASCORD inscribed MK and dated 1717 is recorded by Lipski and Archer as sold by Puttick and Simpson on the 4th March 1920. There are eleven jars, one fragmented, of this type with only three dated at 1717, see English Delftware Drug Jars, Brian Hudson cat 138, p 171

An electuary containing a strong smelling plant, scordium and other ingredients which was used against malignant fevers, the plague, worms, colic, to promote sleep, and resist putrefaction.

In 1654, Nicholas Culpeper wrote in his London Dispensatorie about the mixture: "It is a well composed Electuary, a something appropriate to the nature of women, for it Provokes the Terms, hastens their Labour, helps their usual sickness at the time of their Lying-in, I know nothing better."

J. Quincy wrote in his book, A Compleat English Dispensatory 1718, p. 429 "Nurses have got, of giving their children this medicine to make them sleep, more for their own ease than anything else"

Measurement 30 cms
Condition Good condition with usual wear to rim and base, some minor cracks
Price GBP £ 7,800
Stock no SN. EDDJA
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