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


ca. 1750-1755 (made)
Place of origin

Tureen with cover and stand of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. Decorated in the Chinese style with sprays of peony and other flowers, and with borders of similar flowers on a ground of spirals.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Tureen
  • Cover
  • Stand
Materials and techniques
Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels, gilded and moulded
Brief description
Tureen with cover and stand of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, ca. 1750-1755.
Physical description
Tureen with cover and stand of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. Decorated in the Chinese style with sprays of peony and other flowers, and with borders of similar flowers on a ground of spirals.
  • Whole length: 31.4cm
  • Whole width: 23.3cm
  • Whole height: 21cm
  • Tureen length: 28.5cm
  • Tureen width: 18cm
  • Tureen height: 9.3cm
  • Cover length: 22.5cm
  • Cover width: 17.8cm
  • Cover height: 10cm
  • Stand length: 31.4cm
  • Stand width: 23.3cm
  • Stand height: 2.7cm
Gallery label
Tureen with Cover and Stand Porcelain Marks: "4" on the tureen; "221" on the stand, both incised ITALY (DOCCIA); about 1755-60 Gift of Mr J. H. Fitzhenry C.33 to B-1910 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Credit line
Given by Mr. J. H. Fitzhenry
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic references
  • 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. 76, Cat. 53 53. Soup tureen with cover and platter circa 1750-1755 hard-paste porcelain painted in colours and gold tureen 18x28 cm; platter 31,3x23,4 cm on the platter “221” incised; on the tureen and its cover “4” incised inv. C.33 &A&B-1910 gift: Mr J.H. Fitzhenry, Esq The soup tureen with its cover and lobed oval platter are decorated with red and blue peonies on a white ground. This type of decoration is derived from Chinese famille rose motifs, in particular those made in the K’ien Long period(1736-1795), around the middle of the 18th century (see, for example, MORENA 2005, p. 310, n. 266). This type of floral decoration is a prototype of the kind that was later known at Doccia as the “tulip motif” (CASPRINI 2000, p. 180-183) and consists in a series of fire-red peonies with unusually jagged edges. The colour combination of bright red, periwinkle blue, emerald green, and small quantities of brown is indicative of a production around 1750. The shape of the dish, which is influenced by the silverware of the same era and the incised marks are also typical of this period: the incised numbers can be found on some porcelain objects made in the earliest years of the factory and also on some statuettes made at the end of the First Period (GINORI LISCI 1963, p. 322; A. d’Agliano, in LE PORCELLANE ITALIANE A PALAZZO PITTI 1986, p. 32, n. 9).Of particular interest is the shape of the tureen which is characteristic of the production at Doccia up until around 1755. The shape of the handles on the tureen is rare; normally this type of soup tureen has curved handles (see, for example, A. d’Agliano, in ITALIAN PORCELAIN 2013, p. 171, cat. 76; GINORI LISCI 1963, plate XXIII). The back of the dish is decorated with flowering vines in red as was used on the original models in oriental porcelain. A soup tureen with a similar decoration with gilded mounts is published in GINORI LISCI 1963, plate XIV. For a platter, see D’AGLIANO 1996, p. 24, cat. 16 and for a soup dish, LA MANIFATTURA TOSCANA DEI GINORI 1998, p. 138, cat. 59. A. d’A. Bibliography: unpublished
  • Fragili Tesori dei Principi: Le vie della porcellana tra Vienna e Firenze (Florence: Sillabe; Gallerie degli Uffizi, 2018). p.206-207
Accession number
C.33 to B-1910

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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