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

Coffee Cup and Saucer

ca. 1780-90 (made)
Place of origin

Coffee cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Coffee Cup
  • Saucer
Materials and techniques
Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded
Brief description
Coffee cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, cup ca. 1780, saucer ca. 1790
Physical description
Coffee cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded.
Gallery label
COFFEE CUP AND SAUCER Porcelain ITALY (DOCCIA); about 1760-70 Gift of Mrs Herbert Allen (Maude Louise Alien) C.154&A-1922 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Herbert Allen (Maude Louise Allen)
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 pp. 96-97, Cat. 80 80. Cup and saucer with Saxony-type decoration cup circa 1780; saucer circa 1790 hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in colours and gold cup h 6,6 cm; saucer diam. 12,8 cm no mark inv. C.154&A-1922 gift: Mrs Herbert Allen Cup and saucer, probably not a matching set, with Saxony-style decorations in colours and gold. The cup has an oriental figure and the saucer has an oriental figure in a genre scene with a man unloading a crate, probably taken from the engraving illustrating a “Vue duMosle de Naples ou Fort de la Lanterne” by Benedict Alphonse Nicolet based on a design by Claude Louis Chatelet (DE SAINT NON 1781-1786, vol. I, part I, p. 80b, n. 56). The tapered shape of the cup would suggest a date towards the end of the 18th century but the shape of the handle which represents an intermediate phase between the Baroque types and the “Neapolitan” ones (see cat. 79), implies a date that is at least ten years earlier. In the Register of acquisitions of the Museum, there is a note that states that the cup was purchased for £. 1.10p from E. van Baarle byMr Herbert Allen, the husband of the donor. For further historical information on the Saxony-type decoration, see cat. 78. A.B. Bibliography: unpublished
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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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