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Apothecary bottle

Bote de farmacia

Nº inv.: CE1/13028

This piece shows the typical form of an apothecary bottle: a slightly -concave cylindrical shape with marked shoulders, straight neck and a thick ring-shaped base. Gilded decorations have been applied over the tin glaze (a process of adding tin, white and opaque to a lead base). A mixture of pigments made out of metal oxides is used to obtain a gold or metallic glint: silver is used for pale yellow, and copper for an intense ruby colour. The pigments are mixed with vinegar and applied to the already-glazed surface in an earlier firing. The pigment mixture is set in a third reduction firing (without oxygen) at a lower temperature (580º C).

The plant decoration consists of fern leaves, dots and circles containing other leaves. This theme is widely used on the decoration on the reverse, as can be seen in the dish adorned with the coat of arms of Phillip the Good (the Duke of Burgundy) displayed in the Wallace Collection (London).

The shape and dimensions are popular to pieces made in Manises in the first half of the 15th century.

On display in the Sala de la cerámica mudéjar (Mudejar Ceramics Room), second floor.