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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Tea Bowl

c. 1765-1770 (made)
Place of origin

Tea bowl of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. Painted with a spray of flowers in red, blue, green, yellow and crimson.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded
Brief description
Tea bowl of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, c. 1765-1770
Physical description
Tea bowl of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. Painted with a spray of flowers in red, blue, green, yellow and crimson.
  • Height: 5.1cm
  • Diameter: 7.6cm
Gallery label
TEA BOWL Porcelain ITALY (DOCCIA); middle of 18th century Gift of Lt.-Col. K. Dingwall D.S.O. C.284-1915 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Credit line
Presented by Lt. Col. K. Dingwall, DSO with Art Fund support
Subject depicted
Bibliographic reference
Frescobaldi Malenchini, Livia ed. With Balleri, Rita and Rucellai, Oliva, ‘Amici di Doccia Quaderni, Numero VII, 2013, The Victoria and Albert Museum Collection’, Edizioni Polistampa, Firenze, 2014 p. 78, Cat.55 55. Cup circa 1765-1770 hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in colours and gold h 5,1 no mark inv. C.284-1915 gift: Lt. Col. K. Dingwall, DSO through The Art Fund Bibliography: unpublished These cups and the saucer are decorated with a typical Ginori motif called “al tulipano” (with a tulip, CASPRINI 2000, p. 180- 184) which is a reinterpretation of the peonies used in the Chinese famille rose decorations. The motif was already in use at Doccia in the First Period and probably corresponds to the description given in documents as “red or purple flowers in the middle with little flowers all around and some gilding” (BIANCALANA 2009, p. 162). In this case the range of colours used, like the duller shade of red and the stiff shape of the peony, suggest a later date, around 1765- 1770. The handle of the cup is also typical of the Second Period and is generally found on cups that can be dated from1765 to 1780 (A. d’Agliano, in LE PORCELLANE ITALIANE 1986, p. 54, cat. 37). A. d’A.
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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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