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15th Century Syrian Earthenware Chemists Alembic Flask
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This C.15th Century Syrian flask was used in the medieval distillation method of alembic, where using boiling and condensation to separate mixtures. The condensation was collected in a flask known as an alembic receiving flask. Rosewater perfume was one product made by this obsolete method. This earthenware receiving flask is heavily influenced by Chinese export porcelain shapes of the early Ming period. This flask has a distinctly Chinese form known as yuhuchun (pear shaped). Its tapering neck lended itself perfectly for linen to be draped over the funnel top and tied off securing the contents. A great example of a Syrian chemists flask, influenced by a classic late Yuan early Ming Chinese shape.
Harvey Evans Antiques has clarified that the 15th Century Syrian Earthenware Chemists Alembic Flask (LA337959) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being C. 15th Century A.D.
This alembic flask has no cracks, there is a tiny chip on the raised ring. Good solid condition. The narrowing of the neck has worn smooth over the centuries through handling. This area is also slightly darker than the rest of the flask body again due to handling. The flask is slightly misshapen due to being hand thrown. The unglazed earthenware body displays kiln scars, impurities within the clay and a few large mica inclusions typical of medieval vessels thrown using Antioch clay.
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This 15th Century Syrian Earthenware Chemists Alembic Flask is located in Derbyshire, United Kingdom