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  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-plate hard-paste porcelain painted with blue and red enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr Bernard Watney

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Plate of tin-plate hard-paste porcelain in Japanese Imari style with blue and red enamels and gilded. Circular with a deep well, shallow foot and canted rim. In the centre within a single blue ring is painted a bunch of peony and chrysanthemum-like flowers after the Chinese manner, bound in a fillet. A narrow border runs around the rim and contains panels with a bird and lotus plant in red and gold, alternating with a prunus flower design reserved on a blue ground. Plain reverse.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


ca. 1775-1800 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-plate hard-paste porcelain painted with blue and red enamels and gilded


Height: 5.1 cm, Diameter: 21.9 cm

Descriptive line

Plate of tin-plate hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, ca. 1775-1800.

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

62. Soup dish with oriental decoration
last quarter of the 18th century
hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in
colours and gold
diam. 21,5 cm
no mark
inv. C.56-1960
gift: Dr Bernard Watney
Soup dish with oriental floral motifs and, perhaps, a bird of paradise in blue, red and gold. The decoration of the dish is one of many inspired by Japanese and Chinese porcelain that were in use at the Ginori factory in the last quarter of the 18th century. There are other plates and also a soup tureen with this type of decoration (A. Biancalana, in LAMANIFATTURA TOSCANA DEIGINORI 1998, p. 154-155, cat. 84-85). In the past, two plates similar to this one in the Museum of Decorative Arts in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan (inv. P.109-110) were attributed to the Cozzi factory in Venice (LISE 1975, p. 25, cat. 2-3). The arrangement and decorative typology and the colours used in this plate suggest that it was made at the Ginori factory sometime between 1775 and 1800; the use of masso bastardo (see cat. 63),moreover, is a further confirmation of this attribution.
Bibliography: unpublished

p.83, Cat. 62
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

Tin-glaze porcelain in Japanese Imari style
ITALY (Doccia); ca. 1770-1780
Gift of Dr Bernard Watney
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Tin glaze; Hard paste porcelain


Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Prunus; Bird; Flowers; Plants


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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