Farmacia Cortesini [Cortesini Pharmacy]
The pharmacy, whose foundation dates from the late 18th century, has been located in the ancient medieval Palazzo Cortesini since the first half of the 19th century, the time when it was opened by Lorenzo Cortesini. It has conserved the furnishings of the antique sales area, displayed in the back room: shelves with glass-fronted cabinets in ivory-coloured wood divided by pilaster strips, with gold-leaf capitals in Directoire style.
The pharmaceutical apparatus is made up of a notable quantity and variety of objects. Especially interesting is the set of ceramic pharmaceutical jars, including albarellos, pitchers and white ceramic jars with blue decorations dating from the 17th century. From the same period are some of the glass medicinal herb instruments, such as a special bottle, known as a fiorentina, fitted with a siphon and used for the preparation of immiscible fluids, and an alembic. Other articles from the antique pharmacy's equipment, dating from the end of the 18th century to the end of the 19th, include brass mortars, scales, weights made of various materials and a large number of antique texts.
Texts by Antonella Gozzoli
English translation by Catherine Frost
Last update 30/gen/2008