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Tea bowl

Tea bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1765-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Lt. Col. K. Dingwall, DSO with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 24, shelf 6

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.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


c. 1765-1770 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded


Height: 5.1 cm, Diameter: 7.6 cm

Descriptive line

Tea bowl of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, c. 1765-1770

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

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
Bibliography: unpublished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.

p. 78, Cat.55
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

Labels and date

ITALY (DOCCIA); middle of 18th century
Gift of Lt.-Col. K. Dingwall D.S.O.
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Hard paste porcelain


Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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