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Wet drup jar

1710-1725
Origin: England, London
OH: 7 11/16"; D: 6"; handle/spout: 8 3/8"
Tin-glazed earthenware (delft)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1947-188
Jar of long globular form with pedestal base, everted spout and rim, and strap-loop handle. Blue tin glaze decorated in blue with unusual Apollo cartouche: head and shoulders of radiant Apollo above shield at top and dragon without spread wings at the bottom, inscribed "S RUB IDAEL." Partly glazed base.
Label:Syrupus de Rubus Idaeus was made from the fruit and leaves of the raspberry bush and was used in "gargarisms [gargles], against vomiting and looseness of the belly." A privately owned wet jar with similar cartouche, but "two serpents" instead of a dragon, is dated 1717, which suggests a later date for the few surviving pieces with this version of the Apollo cartouche.
Provenance:Murray's Antiques, Exeter, England
Mark(s):No
Inscription(s):"S RUB IDAEL"