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The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800

242: Pharmacy bottle

This colourful spouted pharmacy bottle was designed originally to contain a syrup made with fennel, as indicated by its label, ‘C[onfectio]. DE. FENOCHI’, meaning ‘decoction of fennel’, obtained by heating or boiling the plant to extract its essence. Fennel was often used as a diuretic for weight loss, and in a variety of remedies. Probably Castel Durante, Le Marche, Italy, c.1550–1600

Tin-glazed and painted earthenware (maiolica)

Given by Ernest Saville Peck (C.5-1952)

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