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7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

Oil and Vinegar Cruet

This is a 360-degrees QTVR of a Renaissance oil and vinegar cruet.

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Functional tableware could often show impressive craftsmanship and invention. This imaginative oil and vinegar cruet, with spouts in the shape of animal heads connected by a strap handle, is marked on each end. 'OIO' indicates oil (olio) and 'ASE' vinegar (aceto). The combination of oil, vinegar and salt first became a standard condiment in this period.

Oil and Vinegar Cruet
1530-40
Northern Italy, probably Venice or Padua
Incised slipware
V&A: C.35-1923