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A8636-1 Storage jar, 'Honey', ceramic / gilt, maker unknown, England, 1875-1899. Click to enlarge.

Storage jar 'Honey'

Made
Ceramic storage jar of inverted baluster shape with inverted base and tiered foot. The neck rim of the jar is overhanging and with twin handles at the shoulders. The jar has a white background and is painted green in some areas with scrolls and floral design with gilt hilights. Handles are cream in colour with gilt detailing. Gilt lettering on the central scrolls reads "Honey".

Summary

Object No.

A8636-1

Object Statement

Storage jar, 'Honey', ceramic / gilt, maker unknown, England, 1875-1899

Physical Description

Ceramic storage jar of inverted baluster shape with inverted base and tiered foot. The neck rim of the jar is overhanging and with twin handles at the shoulders. The jar has a white background and is painted green in some areas with scrolls and floral design with gilt hilights. Handles are cream in colour with gilt detailing. Gilt lettering on the central scrolls reads "Honey".

Dimensions

Height

293 mm

Production

History

Notes

This jar was used in the Woolwich Pharmacy in Sdyney, New South Wales, Australia.

Large storage jars for leeches, honey and tamarinds were a feature of pharmacies in the 18th and 19th centuries, increasing over this period of time in their elegance of their design and the richness of their ornamentation. By the late 19th Century their decorative and advertising purpose would have outweighed their practical function. As well as being used by pharmacists in their medications, honey and tamarind could both be purchased over-the-counter for home-made concoctions.

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Harvard

Storage jar 'Honey' 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 14 May 2021, <https://ma.as/199302>

Wikipedia

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