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Bowl thumbnail 2
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery


ca. 1775-1780 (made)
Place of origin

Bowl with cover and stand of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. Painted with sprigs of flowers in gold.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Bowl
  • Cover
  • Stand
Materials and techniques
Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded
Brief description
Bowl with cover and stand of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, ca. 1775-1780.
Physical description
Bowl with cover and stand of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. Painted with sprigs of flowers in gold.
Marks and inscriptions
'VEN A' (In gold, probably a later addition)
Gallery label
Bowl with Cover and Stand Mark: 'VEN A' in gold, probably a later addition ITALY (DOCCIA); about 1770 C.465 to B-1923 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Subject 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 pp. 104-105, Cat. 91 91. Bowl with cover and plate circa 1775-1780 hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in colours and gold bowl h 13,5 cm; plate diam. 23 cm on the back of the plate in gold “VEN.a” inv. C.465 to B-1923 purchase: Louis Gautie Esq., £ 12 The bowl and its matching cover and lobed plate are decorated with polychrome flowering vines in relief and little gold blossoms on a white ground. This type of decoration with flowering vines in relief which started to be used at Doccia in the First Period (1737-1757), is an imitation of a motif that was typical at Meissen where it was used on the service made for the Elector of Cologne, Clement Augustus, between 1741 and 1742 (U. Pietsch, in TRIUMPH OF THE BLUE SWORDS 2010, p. 287, cat. 271).Documents in the Ginori Lisci archives show that from 1750 to 1757 the Ginori factory was using a technique to make porcelain flowers copied from the gardens at Doccia to decorate tableware (A.d’Agliano, in BAROQUE LUXURY PORCELAIN 2005, p. 297, cat. 125); the earliest examples were completely white like, for instance, the beautiful soup tureen in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan (A. d’Agliano, in BAROQUE LUXURY PORCELAIN 2005, p. 296-297, cat. 125 and relative bibliography). During the Second Period of the factory (1757-1791) bowls decorated with flowering vines in relief and little purple bouquets were the most common (A. d’Agliano, in LE PORCELLANE ITALIANE 1986, p. 38), while the little gold blossoms seem to have been added later. The clay that was used was masso bastardo, a hard-paste porcelain that was used at Doccia starting in 1761 in which the clay base was covered with a tin glaze to improve the whiteness of the surface. For other examples of objects with flowering vines in relief, see MORAZZONI, LÉVI 1960, plates 200, 203b.Themarkonthebackof the plate, which is that of the Vezzi factory in Venice, is a fake that was added on in a later era, not at the Ginori factory. A. d’A. Bibliography: unpublished
Accession number
C.465 to B-1923

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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