A larger than usual maiolica dry jug jar painted on the front with the scene of Saint Martin dividing his cloak with a beggar. On the back is the cypher for the Carthusian order and the date 1700. Unfortunately it is highly unlikely that this is the date of manufacture for the jar, which is almost certainly from the late 19th century and is loosely based on the series of jars that were made from 1697 into the early 18th century. If I/m wrong and the date is the time of manufacture then at the price this is a great bargain. If one looks at sales results for jars that are regarded as of the period, the difference between them and this one are enough to make it unlikely that this jar is of the same group. 11 7/8 inches (30 cm) tall and 8 inches (20 cm) diameter.
Condition; excellent except for a minor chip on the inside of the foot. The rim has some roughness that is mostly from the firing.
After the middle of the 19th century collectors and decorators in Europe and America wanted old maiolica and the makers in Italy were happy to oblige. It is hard to tell from our standing more than a hundred years later whether a piece like this, which wouldn’t have fooled an educated collector, was made simply as decoration rather than to deliberately deceive. It is spectacular in its own right, but was for the Grand Tourist, not an 18th century apothecary.