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  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted in rose camaïeu, moulded and gilded

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Plate of hard-paste porcelain painted in rose camaïeu and decorated on the rim with gilding, on a dark blue ground. The rim is moulded with rococo scrolls in low relief enclosing three white panels within which are painted bunches of fruit. In the middle is a landscape with a figure.

Place of Origin

Doccia (possibly, made)


ca.1780 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted in rose camaïeu, moulded and gilded


Diameter: 24.4 cm

Object history note

One of a pair with 63A-1876.

Descriptive line

Plate of hard-paste porcelain painted in rose camaïeu and gilded, possibly Doccia porcelain factory, Florence, ca.1780

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

95. Dinner plate with the nymph Ocirroe
circa 1780
hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in
purple, blue and gold
diam. 24,3 cm
no mark
inv. 63-1876
purchase: £ 2.10.0 (with cat. 96)
Bibliography: unpublished
Three dinner plates with a slightly scalloped Rim painted in dark blue with three cartouches inside of which there are purple festoons of fruit on a white ground; on the rim and around the well of the plates there are volutes and borders in gold. The scenes in the centre are taken from the book Les Metamorphoses d’Ovide, translated and commented on by Antoine Banier and printed in Paris from 1767 to1771.The first scene represents the nymph Ocirroe (cat.95), daughter of the centaur Chiron who, in the original engraving, only part of which is used here, informs her father of the fate of Aesculapius (BANIER 1767-1771, vol. I, 1767, plate 32).The engraving was created by the painter Charles Eisen and the engraver Jean Massard. The shape of this plate was first used at the porcelain factory of Sèvres by the Turinese artist Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis around 1760 (I wish to thank Antoine d’Albis for confirming this). The scene in the centre of the second plate (cat. 96) represents a detail from the Birth of Adonis (BANIER 1767-1771, vol. III, 1769, plate 109) which was created by Charles Eisen and the engraver Nicolas De Launay. The scene on the third plate (cat. 97) represents Mercury who enters the room of Herse despite the opposition of her sister Aglauros (BANIER 1767-1771, vol. I, plate 37). Only part of the scene was used. It was created by the painter Hubert Francois Gravelot and the engraver Jean Baptiste Simonet. The factory mark on the back of this last plate with a red anchor was used by the Venetian factory Cozzi but it is obviously a later addition intended to attribute this plate to a factory that was better known among collectors. This anomaly is also to be seen on other Ginori porcelains in the Victoria & Albert Museum (cat. 51, 74). The decoration on the rim is derived from Sèvres models. There are only a few examples of this type of decoration from the factory at Doccia ( for example, GINORI LISCI 1963, p. 143, plate LIV; A. d’Agliano, in LUCCA E LE PORCELLANE 2001, p. 168, cat. 111; MUNGER 2007, p. 31, fig. 21).

pp. 107-109, Cat. 95
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


Hard paste porcelain


Painted; Gilded; Moulded

Subjects depicted

Panels; Scrolls; Fruit; Landscape; Camaieu; Figure


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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