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  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. R.J. Charleston

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Soup plate of tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain painted with red and blue enamels and gilded. Circular with a small foot ring. The centre is painted with a spray of flowers, leaves and fruit in Kakiemon style, enclosed by a band of diaper-work with a prunus blossom placed at intervals. The rim has a border of alternate foliate design and smaller diaper reserves. Gilding on some of the flowers in the central sprays, and traces of gilding round the rim.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


ca.1800 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

Marks and inscriptions

Crossed swords
In blue



Diameter: 22.6 cm

Descriptive line

Soup plate of tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, c.1800.

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

63. Soup dish with Imari decoration
circa 1800
hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in
colours and gold
diam. 22,6 cm
crossed swords in blue; a blue dot; the number
“10” impressed
inv. C.310-1976
gift: Mr R.J. Charleston

Soup dish with oriental decoration in colours and gold, the mark is fake. The dish with Imari type decorations is typical of the production of Doccia from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century (A. Biancalana, in LA MANIFATTURA TOSCANA DEI GINORI 1998, cat. 56-57, 76-100; CASPRINI
2000,p. 185-189).This attributionis also supported by the type of clay, masso bastardo, Which was made exclusively by Ginori, except for a few rare pieces made at the Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea in Naples after the arrival of some craftsmen who had worked at Doccia. (BIANCALANA 2008, p. 40-57). Masso bastardo is a hybrid ceramic made of a mediocre quality clay from Montecarlo near Lucca, covered with a tin-glaze similar to that used on maiolica (BIANCALANA 2006, p. 48-92). The dating of this dish is based both on the type and the execution of the decoration which are extremely simplified with respect to similar products made at an earlier date.
Bibliography: unpublished

pp. 83-84, Cat. 63
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
Tin-glazed porcelain
Marks: crossed swords, in blue
and "10", impressed
ITALY (DOCCIA); 1770-1780
Gift of Mr. R.J. Charleston
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Tin glaze; Hard paste porcelain


Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Foliage; Flowers; Prunus; Diaper


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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