Date : Around 1545
Masséot Abaquesne’s factory also produced pharmacy jars. Anxious that their remedies should be kept in the best possible conditions, apothecaries from the 16th century onwards began to use earthenware pots with non-porous surfaces which were easy to upkeep. These albarelli came from Italy and were designed for storing dry medicines (plants, powders, etc). Masséot Abaquesne’s painters decorated them with faces with exaggerated features, viewed in profile and set against a white background scattered with leaves and stems in blue. This decorative repertoire inspired by Italy was introduced in Anvers by an earthenware maker of Italian origin, Guido di Savino, called Guido Andries (died 1542), and was very widely adopted by potters in Northern Europe. Likewise, the extremely close links established between Normandy and the factories in Anvers can be seen in the design and palette used by Masséot Abaquesne.