A fine early 19th century French drug jar probably manufactured in Quimper around 1825. The jar is baluster shaped, and is fired in a fine reflective white tin-oxide glaze. The central band of the jar contains the Latin word NATRIUM painted in black, whilst the upper and lower registers of the jar are painted with a banderole of tulip-like flowers and leaves in shades of orange-red, olive green, and black.
Height: 8.5”/24.3cm, Diameter of the base: 3.75”/9.5cm.
Condition is excellent antique. There are no chips, cracks, or repairs.
Natrium is the abbreviated form of Natrium Sulphuricum, or sodium sulphate, which was used as a drying agent in early 19th century French pharmaceuticals.