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

Cup and Saucer

ca. 1770-1780 (made)
Place of origin

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded, in the style of Meissen porcelain.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Cups
  • Saucer
Materials and techniques
Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded
Brief description
Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, cup ca. 1770, saucer ca. 1780.
Physical description
Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded, in the style of Meissen porcelain.
Gallery label
Cup and Saucer Porcelain In the style of Meissen porcelain ITALY (DOCCIA), about 1765 Gift of Mr M. Yeats Brown C.M.G. C.678:l& 2-1917 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Credit line
Given by Mr M. Yeats Brown C.M.G.
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. 95, Cat. 79 79. Cup and saucer with Saxony-type decoration cup 1770; saucer circa 1780 hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in colours and gold cup h 7,2 cm; saucer diam. 13,2 cm no mark inv. C.678&A-1917 gift: Mr M. Yeats Brown, C.M.G. The tall slender cup is painted with an oriental figure while the saucer (which does not match it) is decorated with an Arcadian scene with a peasant woman in a landscape. The decoration with arabesques and scalloped edge cartouches is called “Saxony- style” in the Doccia documents because this motif was typical of Meissen. These types of decorations are often based on engravings made by artists in the Veneto region like Marco Ricci, Giuseppe Zais and Francesco Zuccarelli (D’AGLIANO 2005, p. 70-71); in particular, the sleeping peasant woman is probably derived from engravings with rural scenes by Giuseppe Zais. The shape of the handle which is usually called “alla napoletana” because it is an imitation of the type used at Capodimonte (see, for example, MUSELLA GUIDA 1993, p. 129-130, cat. 64-65), suggests a date for the cup of about 1770 (see also cat. 66); the saucer, on the other hand, on account of the type of scene that is represented, was probably made at least ten years later. For further historical information on Saxony-style decorations, see cat. 78. A.B. Bibliography: unpublished
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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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