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Cup and saucer

Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1810-1815 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted in red and black enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Col. Waldo-Sibthorp

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, in Chinese lacquer style. Painted in red and black enamels and gilded with Chinese figures in a landscape. The rims are encircled by a black border with a foliated wavy stem in gold.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


ca.1810-1815 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted in red and black enamels and gilded

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia porcelain factory, ca. 1810-1815

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

69. Cup and saucer
circa 1810-1815
hard-paste porcelain painted in red, black and gold
cup h. 6,3 cm; saucer diam. 13 cm
on the cup and on the saucer a small gold star
inv. 326&A-1902
gift: Col. Waldo-Sibthorp
This cup and saucer painted with chinoiseries in gold on an enameled red background with black borders imitates the shape and decorations typical of Viennese porcelain of the Sorgenthal period which was used in Vienna staring around 1789 (TABAKOFF 2002, p. 108). The decoration is derived from Chinese lacquer and at Vienna they used both the black and coral red grounds sometimes combined especially for the tête-à-tête tea sets. The sources for the chinoiseries, according to Sheila Tabakoff, are the prints made by the Nuremburg engraver Johann Cristoph Weigel based on models by Petrus Schenk, or else the illustrations from A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing by John Stalker and George Parker, published in London in 1688. The tapered shape of the cup was used for the first time at Sèvres and catalogued as “gobelet à cerceaux” or “gobelet de la reine”. At Vienna it was paired with saucers that had a ring in the centre to hold the cup. This type of saucer was defined by Folnesics and Braun (1907, p. 70) who were the first ones to catalogue it, as “for chocolate”. At Doccia, the shape appears in the first quarter of the 19th century with decorations that are typically neoclassical (LIVERANI 1967, plate CIII). It is highly likely that this cup and saucer is a copy of a Viennese original that was formerly in the collection of the grand dukes of Tuscany; during the reign of Peter Leopold and Ferdinand III of Hapsburg Lorraine, many Viennese porcelains were added to the collection.
A. d’A.
Bibliography: unpublished

pp. 87-88, Cat. 69
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

Cup and Saucer
Porcelain, in Chinese lacquer style
Marks: on the cup an eight-pointed star;
on the saucer a six-pointed star, in gold
ITALY (DOCCIA); late 18th century
Gift of Col. F. R. Waldo-Sibthorp
326 & A-1902
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Hard paste porcelain; Enamels


Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Foliated; Landscape; Figures


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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