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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Sugar Bowl and Cover

ca. 1750-1755 (made)
Place of origin

Sugar bowl and cover of hard-paste glazed porcelain.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Sugar Bowl
  • Cover
Materials and techniques
Hard-paste porcelain, glazed
Brief description
Sugar bowl and cover of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, ca. 1750-1755.
Physical description
Sugar bowl and cover of hard-paste glazed porcelain.
  • Length: 10.2cm
  • Height: 9.2cm
Gallery label
SUGAR BOWL AND COVER Porcelain ITALY (DOCCIA); about 1750-60 Gift of Mr Steve Kapitany C.113&A-1978 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Credit line
Given by Mr Steve Kapitany
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic reference
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 p. 93, Cat. 76 76. Sugar bowl and cover 1750-1755 hard-paste porcelain h 8,5; width 10 cm no mark inv: C.113&A-1978 gift: Mr Steve Kapitany This plain white sugar bowl has a lobed oval shape with spiral ribs, a decoration which is usually referred to as “cabbage leaves”. The domed cover has the same type of spiral ribbing and a knob in the shape of a flower. The glaze is quite bright but the colour of the clay, which has some dark impurities in it, tends to be slightly beige. This object belonged to a breakfast set of a type that is normally dated to the years from1750 to 1755(see also A. Biancalana, in LAMANIFATTURA TOSCANA DEIGINORI 1998, p. 108-109, cat. 7-8). The cabbage leaf motif in white is probably derived from the spiral design that is found on Imari type porcelain of the 1730s (MORENA 2007,p. 367, cat. 346). This decoration can probably be identified with those mentioned in the inventory of the warehouse in Livorno in 1757 on page 21: “cups with bas-relief leaves” or as “ribbed white” (AGL, I, 2, f. 37, Fabbrica delle porcellane di Doccia, Scritture e Documenti, n. 7, p. 21). This type of decoration continued to be used at Doccia in a later era in combination with tin-glaze (G. Turchi, in LUCCA E LE PORCELLANE DELLA MANIFATTURA GINORI 2001, p. 123, cat. 59). A. d’A. Bibliography: unpublished
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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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