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Cup and saucer

Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr M. Yeats Brown C.M.G.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded, in the style of Meissen porcelain.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


ca. 1770-1780 (made)


Doccia porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, cup ca. 1770, saucer ca. 1780.

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

79. Cup and saucer with Saxony-type
cup 1770; saucer circa 1780
hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted
in colours and gold
cup h 7,2 cm; saucer diam. 13,2 cm
no mark
inv. C.678&A-1917
gift: Mr M. Yeats Brown, C.M.G.
The tall slender cup is painted with an oriental figure while the saucer (which does not match it) is decorated with an Arcadian scene with a peasant woman in a landscape. The decoration with arabesques and scalloped edge cartouches is called “Saxony- style” in the Doccia documents because this motif was typical of Meissen. These types of decorations are often based on engravings made by artists in the Veneto region like Marco Ricci, Giuseppe Zais and Francesco Zuccarelli (D’AGLIANO 2005, p. 70-71); in particular, the sleeping peasant woman is probably derived from engravings with rural scenes by Giuseppe Zais. The shape of the handle which is usually called “alla napoletana” because it is an imitation of the type used at Capodimonte (see, for example, MUSELLA GUIDA 1993, p. 129-130, cat. 64-65), suggests a date for the cup of about 1770 (see also cat. 66); the saucer, on the other hand, on account of the type of scene that is represented, was probably made at least ten years later. For further historical information on Saxony-style decorations, see cat. 78.
Bibliography: unpublished

p. 95, Cat. 79
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
In the style of Meissen porcelain
ITALY (DOCCIA), about 1765
Gift of Mr M. Yeats Brown C.M.G.
C.678:l& 2-1917
(Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995) [ca. 1995]


Hard paste porcelain


Painted; Gilded

Subjects depicted

Man; Scrollwork; Trees; Foliated; Woman


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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