Two pharmacy jars, French, 1725-1775.
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Although many pharmaceutical vesels were made for the shelves of urban pharmacies, the majority were commisioned by hospitals and monasteries. This pair of tin-glazed earthenware pharmacy jars were made by Hustin of Bordeaux, France, for a Carmelite monastery and bear the monastic blazon (arms of the Shod Carmelite order), decorations of cherubs and festoons of flowers and fruit. They were used for storing buglos, a herbal remedy.