Japanese ‘VOC’ apothecary jar, 17th or 19th century.


Japanese ‘VOC’ apothecary jar, the large initials within a wreath of leaves, a further VOC to the base. 17th or 19th century.


minor staining & wear




ref. Jenyns 'Japanese Porcelain' pl 30B for an apothecary' jar of similar shape, with the same double ring lip. This was to allow a stopper or cloth to be bound tightly across the top. Also called a gallipot, this was the earliest 'foreign' shape recorded, and was copied from imported Dutch glass onion bottles. See also pl 10A-B for. ore of the shape, dating to the mid 17th century.

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