This vintage Dino Rofi San Lucia Siena lidded apothecary jar features a traditional hand painted Tuscan foliate motif executed in shades of blue on a white ground. The decoration includes curvilinear vines studded with leaves along with horizontal blue bands. The center of the body is hand painted in Latin with the herbal adjuvant 'Cardomomi Semen' translated to English as Cardamom Seeds. Cardamom, known as the Queen of Spices, has multiple health benefits and is used to treat several common ailments.
The 10.5" tall jar has a round 3.5" diameter foot pedestal foot and straight walls which flare out to the shoulder. The shoulder measures 5.75" across at its widest point. The shoulder angles back in to form a wide 4" diameter mouth large enough to accommodate a good-sized scoop. The piece is topped with a domed lid that has a spherical finial which functions as a handle. The piece weighs in at 1lb 14oz. The underside is signed "DR S. LUCIA SIENA ITALY".
The lidded jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. As a hand made piece, it should be noted that there are anomalies in the hand painted decoration along with flecks of material which are caught in the glaze, both of which is mentioned for accuracy.
This lovely Italian majolica lidded apothecary jar displays beautifully and can be used as intended or could function as a vase. A lovely and useful decorative accent.
Vintage Dino Rofi S Lucia Siena Italy Blue and White Lidded Majolica Apothecary Jar Canister with Latin Herbal Inscription Cardomomi Semen