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Sweetmeat dish

Sweetmeat dish

  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Signora Ada Cardinale

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Sweetmeat dish of tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain, moulded and painted with enamels. Moulded in the form of a leaf and the underside is painted green. Inside is a spray of flowers in colours on white. Green stalk handle.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


ca. 1780 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

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


Length: 9.2 cm, Height: 3.8 cm

Descriptive line

Sweetmeat dish of tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, ca.1780.

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

86. Sherbet cup
circa 1780
hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted
in colours
length 9 cm; width 6,5 cm
no mark
inv. C.194-1927
gift: Signora Ada Cardinale
Bibliography: unpublished
The three sherbet cups in the shape of a leaf with the stem as the handle are derived from a model produced at Dehua in the 17th century (AYERS 2002, p. 55, cat. 6; I wish to thank Francesco Morena for this information), at that time used as a paintbrush-washer. In Europe they were used as cups for hot beverages and later as sherbet cups. Two of the cups are decorated in the centre with a little bouquet usually called “al mazzetto” (see cat. 90). These sherbet cups were manufactured at Doccia from 1766 until the end of the 18th century (GINORI LISCI 1963, p. 76). There are two types: a rare one in the shape of shell (GINORI LISCI 1963, p. 89, fig. 62; P. Roseo, inCERAMICHE ITALIANE ED EUROPEE 1994, p. 128, cat. 176) and this one, in the shape of a leaf which could be either plain white or painted with colours. Almost all of the manufacturers in Europe produced these kinds of cups, for example, Du Paquier in Vienna (STURM-BEDNARCZYK 1994, p. 39, cat. 20), but the first ones were made at Meissen in 1711-1712 in red grès even before they were made in porcelain (BOLTZ 2000, p. 52, cat. 51; EBERLE, 2011, p. 63, cat. 50-52; I wish to thank Alessandro Biancalana and
Andreina d’Agliano for this information).

pp. 102-103, Cat. 86
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-glazed porcelain
ITALY (DOCCIA); 1770-80
Gift of Signora Ada Cardinale
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Tin glaze; Hard paste porcelain


Moulded; Painted

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Leaf


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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