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Soup plate

Soup plate

  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790-1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr John George Joicey

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 24, shelf 1

Physical description

Soup plate of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. In the middle is a landscape with a girl standing behind a broken classical column. The rim is edged on the inner side with a gilt wreath and on the outer with a border of small oval compartments in gold, each enclosing a blue dot.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


ca. 1790-1820 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded


Diameter: 23.8 cm

Descriptive line

Plate of tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, ca. 1790-1820.

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

100. Soup dish with a peasant woman
in a landscape
hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in
colours and gold
diam. 23,5 cm
no mark
inv. C.1723-1919
bequest: Mr John George Joicey
Bibliography: unpublished
A series of four plates and a soup dish with a decoration of rural landscapes in polychrome and gold, probably that referred to in the documents as “a paesini”, or “a paesini con figure”, in the registers of the Museo di Doccia (BALLERI 2013, p. 60). The rim is decorated with a series of circles with dots in the middle which was called at Doccia “a ova tagliate” (sliced eggs). The central decoration was inspired by engravings of landscapes by artist mostly from the Veneto region, like those based on paintings by Giuseppe Zais, Marco Ricci and Francesco Zuccarelli, which the artist at Doccia used for some of the figures. This type of decoration was very successful and was used for complete services of tableware, coffee and tea sets (GINORI LISCI 1963, fig. 61; A. d’Agliano, in LUCCA E LE PORCELLANE 2001, cat. 110). In the past these sets were dated to the years from1770 to 1800, probably on account of the fact that the rim decoration with “uova tagliate” was derived from Sèvres which started producing porcelain with this type of decoration about 1770 (ROTH, LE CORBEILLER 2000, cat. 137-138). On the basis of recent research in the archives at Doccia, it seems more likely that the motif began to be used by Ginori between 1790 and 1820. If this kind of decoration is correctly identified as that called “a paesini”, or “a paesini con figure”, as is extremely probable, the artist who painted them was almost certainly Ferdinando Ammannati, as recently suggested by Rita Balleri (BALLERI 2013, p. 60-61), at least for the finest pieces. A decoration similar to this one was also used at the Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea in Naples where Ammannati worked before coming to Doccia, but it included only the scenes of Naples and Campania (REGIONE CAMPANIA 1995) made from 1793-1795 for the Servizio dell’Oca (A. Caròla-Perrotti, in LE PORCELLANE DEI BORBONE DI NAPOLI 1986, cat. 371-376). The central decoration with landscapes and figures like the ones shown here was produced at Doccia in combination with cartouches surrounded by Saxony-type arabesques (cat. 78) and on maiolica wall tiles (O. Rucellai, in MUSEO D’ARTE APPLICATE 2001, vol. II, cat. 543).

pp. 102-109, Cat. 100
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

Soup Plate
ITALY (DOCCIA); late 18th century
J. C. Joicey Bequest
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Hard paste porcelain


Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Girl; Wreath; Landscape


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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