Lovely antique hand painted Limoges porcelain apothecary jar having a decoration of hand enameled poppy flowers on leafy stems with buds and “Orvietan” in black lettering.
Named after Orvieto the city in Italy where in 1603, Girolamo Ferranti first obtained a licensed to make and sell his medicinal elixir. It was sold as an antidote for every manner of poisoning including snakebite, scorpion stings, bites from rabid animals, the plague and even love sickness.
Nice versatile size measures approximately 8 inches tall x 3.4 inches diameter at base. Good condition with slight wear to black lettering, but no major issues. Carries underglaze green backstamp, “Limoges” over “France” for production circa 1890 -1900. Weighs about 1.25 pounds BEFORE packing. Ship standard size 12x12x12.
We received two Limoges jars from this consignment which are sold individually. The other is “Belladonna”, drops of which were used by women during the Italian Renaissance as a beauty tonic to dilate their pupils.
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