Pharmacies thrived in Florence and other Italian cities since the Renaissance. Often run by nuns, doctors and patients came to purchase herbs, and artists came to find pigments that they could not mix at home. The vehicles displaying these treatments could not have been any more beautiful than this set of ten apothecaries acquired on a recent trip to Italy. Each bears the name of a healing herb or botanical. Made of delicate creamware with blue decoration and lettering they make a highly decorative display. The lids and tops of the jars show some age due to use, otherwise they are in excellent condition.