“The Paynted Pots in Hidden the Dea dliest Poyson”- English Delftware drug jars.
By Briony Hudson
Thursday 16th June 2022
Blue and white tin-glazed earthenware has long been admired and collected for its attractive appearance, but this lecture goes further by examining English delftware with a pharmaceutical purpose. Drawing on examples from collections at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Surgeons of England, this talk will provide a beginner’s guide to these beautiful yet practical vessels. By placing them in their wider historical context, Briony will also demonstrate that delftware drug jars have an undervalued role to play in understanding medical practices in the 17th and 18th centuries.