Sixteenth-Century Drug Jar From Italy Acquired By The British Museum

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Albarello. Photo Courtesy of Sam Fogg, London.

Albarello. Photo Courtesy of Sam Fogg, London. LONDON.- The Arts Council has today, Friday 28 February, announced that an outstanding tin-glazed earthenware jar has been donated to the public through the Cultural Gifts Scheme. The albarello (Italian for drug jar) has been allocated to the British Museum in honour of Dr Dora Thornton, former Curator of Renaissance Europe and the Waddesdon Bequest. The front of the albarello shows a woman in profile amidst finely rendered grotesque decoration consisting of masks, garlands and scrollwork – a preeminent expression of sixteenth-century decorative fashions. It dates to c.1510-30 and is believed to have been made in