Aseo — Vinegar seller — Zompini — Arti #33

Gaetano Zompini - Arti che vanno per via - plate 33 - Aseo - Vinegar seller

Aseo— plate 33

The Arti che vanno per via nella città di Venezia (1753, 1770, 1785, etc.), by Gaetano Zompini (1700–1778), contains sixty engravings of common, mostly poor people, peddling their trades on the streets of Venice in the mid-1700s.


Barila in spala, e caneveta in man
Mi porto caminando, e vendo Aseo,
E ve protesto lè un mestier da can.


Barrel on the back, jug in the hand
I bring walking, and sell Vinegar,
And I insist that it is a trade for a dog.


Vinegar — aseo — was commonly used in food, for conservation, and for sanitary purposes.

A caneveta was a jug or a bottle, for wine or vinegar. The box for the canavete is a salvafiaschi. See Boerio (1829), entry CANEVÈTA.

The reference to dogs meant the same as in English. A mestier da can was hard work and earned poorly. See, for example, ibid., entries FADİGA and VESTIO.

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Boerio, Giuseppe. Dizionario del dialetto veneziano. Venezia : coi tipi di Andrea Santini e figlio, 1829.

Zompini, Gaetano. Le arti che vanno per via nella città di Venezia inventate ed incise da Gaetano Zompini, Aggiuntavi una memoria di detto autore. Venezia, 1785.

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