Twenty-one octagonal-base white majolica pharmacy jars with gold imperial-style ornamentation. Complete with lids. Same design as jars (Dep. OSMN, Firenze). The cartouche on each jar identifies the extract contained ("hellebore extract," "gentian extract," "rhubarb extract," etc.). Labels were initially hand-painted in crude black letters. As the ceramic art matured, they were applied directly by the potter, usually in Latin, and enclosed in a cartouche. Provenance: Ospedale di Santa Maria Nuova in Florence.