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Coffee cup and saucer

Coffee cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1780-90 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Herbert Allen (Maude Louise Allen)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Coffee cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


ca. 1780-90 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

Descriptive line

Coffee cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, cup ca. 1780, saucer ca. 1790

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

80. Cup and saucer with Saxony-type
cup circa 1780; saucer circa 1790
hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in
colours and gold
cup h 6,6 cm; saucer diam. 12,8 cm
no mark
inv. C.154&A-1922
gift: Mrs Herbert Allen
Cup and saucer, probably not a matching set, with Saxony-style decorations in colours and gold. The cup has an oriental figure and the saucer has an oriental figure in a genre scene with a man unloading a crate, probably taken from the engraving illustrating a “Vue duMosle de Naples ou Fort de la Lanterne” by Benedict Alphonse Nicolet based on a design by Claude Louis Chatelet (DE SAINT NON 1781-1786, vol. I, part I, p. 80b, n. 56). The tapered shape of the cup would suggest a date towards the end of the 18th century but the shape of the handle which represents an intermediate phase between the Baroque types and the “Neapolitan” ones (see cat. 79), implies a date that is at least ten years earlier. In the Register of acquisitions of the Museum, there is a note that states that the cup was purchased for £. 1.10p from E. van Baarle byMr Herbert Allen, the husband of the donor. For further historical information on the Saxony-type decoration, see cat. 78.
Bibliography: unpublished

pp. 96-97, Cat. 80
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

ITALY (DOCCIA); about 1760-70
Gift of Mrs Herbert Allen (Maude Louise Alien)
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Hard paste porcelain


Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Woman; Man; Scrollwork


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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