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

Cup and Saucer

1760-1770 (made)
Place of origin

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, moulded in relief, painted with enamels and gilded.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Cups
  • Saucer
Materials and techniques
Hard-paste porcelain moulded in relief, painted with enamels and gilded
Brief description
Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, 1760-1770
Physical description
Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, moulded in relief, painted with enamels and gilded.
  • Cup height: 7.2cm
  • Cup diameter: 7.2cm
  • Saucer height: 1.8cm
  • Saucer diameter: 12.6cm
Gallery label
Cup and Saucer Porcelain Apollo and Venus in their chariots ITALY (DOCCIA); 1760 or later D.M. Currie Bequest C.469 & A-1921 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Credit line
Bequeathed by D. M. Currie
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.44, Cat.19 19. Two-handled cup and saucer with bas-relief scenes circa 1760-1770 hard-paste porcelain painted in colours and gold cup h 8,3 cm; saucer diam. 12,7 cm no mark inv. C.469&A-1921 bequest: D.M. Currie Cup with two handles in the shape of entwined branches and saucer with polychrome decoration with bas-relief scenes; the saucer is decorated with cartouches with festoons of fruit and flowers. On the cup there are two mythological scenes: the triumph of Venus and Leucothoè changée en Arbre, & Clytie en Heliotrope. The first of these would seem to have been taken from a detail of the frontispiece of the first volume of BANIER 1732, created and engraved by Bernard Picart in 1731. There are several variations on the cup with respect to the original engraving; for example, Venus is holding flowers instead of an arrow. The other scene is based on an engraving by Philipp van Gúnst which represents the sad story of Clizia’s and Leucotoe’s love for Apollo, god of the sun (BANIER 1732, p. 121). The lead models which are in the Museo di Doccia (inv. 6457 and inv. 6455), were probably made for the factory between 1743 and 1745 by Antonio Francesco Selvior by Anton Filippo Maria Weber (AGL, VIII, 7, Libro Contabile, 1737- 1746). The cup was originally attributed to Capodimonte (on the problem of mistaken attributions of Doccia objects to Capodimonte, see MARITANO2012, p. 14-17). For further historical information, see cat. 17. A.B. Bibliography: LANE 1954, plate 55A; LANE 1963, fig. 121
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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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