Lucija Vuković, senior curator
The collection consists of three hundred or so use and decorative objects of pottery (faience, stoneware, majolica) and china. The most valuable part of the collection is made up of one hundred and sixteen pottery chemist’s jars, made in Italian workshops (Savona, Nove, Florence, Faenza, Naples, Capodimonte, Palermo) in the period from the 16th to the 18th century. They once belonged to the public Domus Christi apothecary, which the Dubrovnik Republic founded in 1420 alongside the alms house/hospital of the same name, which worked as a public institution until it passed into private hands in 1761.
Most of the jars were especially produced for the Ragusan state pharmacy, and had a unique depiction of Jesus carrying the cross – Gesu Portacroce. In 1914, the inventory of the pharmacy was bought from the owners of the time, and today part of it is exhibited in the permanent display of the Cultural History Museum.
The rest of the collection consists of decorative vases from Italy, the Netherlands, China and Japan as well as tableware made throughout Europe – England, France, Germany, Italy, Bohemia, Austria, Hungary – as well as China and Japan, mainly at the end of the 18th and in the 19th century.