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Royal Doulton Apothecary Loving Cup:
Two colorful textured panels. Limited edition piece.
The supplier of love potions and poisons as well as medicinal drugs, the apothecary played an important role in Elizabethan times. If his potions were held to be particularly powerful he could become a wealthy man; although it was best not to ask what went into them! Romeo, hearing that Juliet is dead, remembers an apothecary from whom he can buy poison for himself: In tattered weeds with overwhelming brows Culling of simples; meagre were his looks; And in his needy shop a tortoise hung An alligator stuf�d and other skins Of ill-shaped fishes. The apothecary depicted on the lovingcup is a successful man. He is seen talking to a richly dressed lady while two dandies wait in an ante-chamber as another customer is admitted by a page. There are pots of ingredients, a pestle and mortar and a large globe. Skeletons adorn the walls and the ghostly faces of lovers are moulded in relief around the rim and on the handles. On the base are the words spoken by Romeo before he takes his poison �0 true apothecary Thy drugs are quick�. Doulton backstamp. #Ceramic #England #Vase #HomeDecor
Edition Number: 546 of 600 Manufacturer: Royal Doulton
Country of Origin: England