Sack Bottle

Artist/maker unknown, English

Made in Lambeth, London, England, Europe


Tin-glazed earthenware

7 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches (18.1 x 13 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Annual Membership Fund, 1921

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In the seventeenth century, “sack” was a generic term for a variety of wines, the most popular being dry white wine from Spain and the Canary Islands that was imported into England. The earliest bottle bearing the name “sack” is dated 1621, but the majority of these bottles were produced between 1644 and 1652. Bottles intended for the storage or transportation of wine were made in a variety of materials, including clay, prior to the introduction of suitably strong glass in the late seventeenth century.