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Teapot and cover

Teapot and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720-1727 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vezzi porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard paste porcelain, moulded and painted with enamels

  • Museum number:

    C.121&A-1930

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 23, shelf 3 []

The Vezzi factory in Venice was one of the earliest to follow the lead of Meissen in producing true porcelain in Europe. It was founded by the courtier and politician Giovanni Vezzi in 1720 who managed to tempt skilled technicians to come to Venice and enable him to turn his desire to produce porcelain into reality. A few came directly from Meissen, but most came from Vienna, where du Paquier's factory had already benefited from the technical expertise developed at Meissen. Thanks to this early instance of industrial espionage, for a few years the Vezzi factory produced a range of interesting tea, coffee and other decorative wares using clay found in the Veneto region nearby. Not surprisingly, its shapes owe a lot to those developed at Vienna and Meissen, as with this faceted teapot. The factory closed in 1727, so Vezzi pieces are rare and highly sought after.

Physical description

Teapot and cover of hard paste porcelain moulded and painted with enamels.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)

Date

ca. 1720-1727 (made)

Artist/maker

Vezzi porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard paste porcelain, moulded and painted with enamels

Marks and inscriptions

'C f'
Incised on the base

Dimensions

Height: 12.1 cm, Width: 9.2 cm

Descriptive line

Teapot and cover of hard paste porcelain, moulded and painted with enamels, Vezzi porcelain factory, Venice, ca. 1720-1727.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kräftner, Johann,ed. Baroque Luxury Porcelain: The Manufacturers of Du Paquier in Vienna and of Carlo Ginori in Florence , with text by Claudia Lehner-Jobst, Andreina d'Agliano and others, Liechtenstein Museum, Prestel, 2005

Labels and date

TEAPOT AND COVER
Porcelain
Mark: "C f", incised
ITALY (VENICE, VEZZI); 1720-7
C.121:l& 2-1930
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]

Materials

Hard paste porcelain; Enamels

Techniques

Moulded; Painted

Subjects depicted

Stylised leaves; Jesters; Stylized flowers; Drinking glasses

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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