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Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    1760-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain moulded in relief, painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by D. M. Currie

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case S, shelf 3 []

Physical description

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, moulded in relief, painted with enamels and gilded.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


1760-1770 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain moulded in relief, painted with enamels and gilded


Height: 7.2 cm Cup, Diameter: 7.2 cm Cup, Height: 1.8 cm Saucer, Diameter: 12.6 cm Saucer

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, 1760-1770

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

19. Two-handled cup and saucer
with bas-relief scenes
circa 1760-1770
hard-paste porcelain painted in colours and gold
cup h 8,3 cm; saucer diam. 12,7 cm
no mark
inv. C.469&A-1921
bequest: D.M. Currie
Cup with two handles in the shape of entwined branches and saucer with polychrome decoration with bas-relief scenes; the saucer is decorated with cartouches with festoons of fruit and flowers. On the cup there are two mythological scenes: the triumph of Venus and Leucothoè changée en Arbre, & Clytie en Heliotrope. The first of these would seem to have been taken from a detail of the frontispiece of the first volume of BANIER 1732, created and engraved by Bernard Picart in 1731. There are several variations on the cup with respect to the original engraving; for example, Venus is holding flowers instead of an arrow. The other scene is based on an engraving by Philipp van Gúnst which represents the sad story of Clizia’s and Leucotoe’s love for Apollo, god of the sun (BANIER 1732, p. 121). The lead models which are in the Museo di Doccia (inv. 6457 and inv. 6455), were probably made for the factory between 1743 and 1745 by Antonio Francesco Selvior by Anton Filippo Maria Weber (AGL, VIII, 7, Libro Contabile, 1737- 1746). The cup was originally attributed to Capodimonte (on the problem of mistaken attributions of Doccia objects to Capodimonte, see MARITANO2012, p. 14-17). For further historical information, see cat. 17.
Bibliography: LANE 1954, plate 55A; LANE 1963,
fig. 121

p.44, Cat.19
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
Apollo and Venus in their chariots
ITALY (DOCCIA); 1760 or later
D.M. Currie Bequest
C.469 & A-1921
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Hard paste porcelain


Moulded; Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Chariots (carriages); Scrollwork; Festoons; Swans


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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