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

Cup and Saucer

ca. 1750-55 (made)
Place of origin

Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. Painted with bouquets of flowers and gilt lines round the rim.

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, ca.1750-1755
Physical description
Cup and saucer of hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded. Painted with bouquets of flowers and gilt lines round the rim.
Gallery label
TEA CUP AND SAUCER Porcelain ITALY (DOCCIA); about 1760 Gift of Lt.-Col. K. Dingwall D.S.O. C.376 & A-1914 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
Credit line
Presented by Lt. Col. K. Dingwall, DSO with Art Fund support
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 p. 98, Cat. 83 83. Cup and saucer with floral decoration 1750-1755 hard-paste porcelain painted in colours and gold cup diam. 4,8 cm; saucer diam. 12,3 cm no mark inv. C.376&A-1914 gift: Lt. Col. K. Dingwall, DSO through The Art Fund This cup and the particular type of deep saucer called “a scodellino” have a floral decoration which is still typical of the First Period at Doccia (1737-1757) as can be seen from the representations of European flowers like roses painted in shades of purple, bluebells and Indian flowers in red and gold. Decorations with naturalistic renderings of flowers were used at Doccia starting in the earliest years of the factory and were particularly influenced by the products of the Du Paquier factory. The association of two types of flower motifs, the use of hard-paste porcelain and the lively polychrome with purple and bright red, suggest a date to the last decade of the First Period. For similar decorations, see A. Biancalana, in BAROQUE LUXURY PORCELAIN 2005, p. 256, cat. 72. A. d’A. Bibliography: unpublished
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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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