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


1770-80 (made)
Place of origin

Bowl, cover and stand of tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels, gilded and moulded.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Cups
  • Cover
  • Stand
Materials and techniques
Tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels and gilded, and moulded
Brief description
Bowl, cover and stand of tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain, Doccia porcelain factory, Doccia, 1770-80
Physical description
Bowl, cover and stand of tin-glazed hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels, gilded and moulded.
Gallery label
Bowl, cover and stand COVERED BOWL AND STAND Tin-glazed porcelain ITALY (DOCCIA); about 1780 7141-1861 (Label draft attributed to John V. G. Mallet, ca. 1995)(ca. 1995)
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. 94, Cat. 78 78. Bowl with cover and plate Saxony-type decoration 1770-1780 hard-paste porcelain with tin-glaze painted in colours and gold bowl h 12,3 cm; plate diam. 22,3 cm no mark inv. 7141 to B-1861 purchase: £ 12 This bowl has a decoration in the Saxony style or “alla sassone”; the body of the bowl is lobed and the rim of the plate and border of the top are decorated with a motif called “Neu Ozier” relief, which is copied from the Meissen factory since 1745 (A. Den Blaauwen, in MEISSEN PORCELAIN 2001, p. 337, plate 240). The handles are ear-shaped and the knob on the top is in the shape of a pear. This decoration is clearly derived from the types that were first used at Meissen by Johann Gregor Hoeroldt. The iconographic sources for these decorations are to be found in the works of Venetian artists who were painting rural landscapes; in particular the scene on this cup would seem to be inspired by one of the many representations of fisher men in the works of Giuseppe Zais (D’AGLIANO 2002, p. 14-17). It is often very difficult to identify the exact pictorial source because the painters working at Doccia copied details, some of which were minute, from several different works of art. The first reference to the decoration “alla sassone”, defined as “finely decorated with figures inside a golden frame” in the documents of the Doccia factory, must have been around 1747 (AGL, XV, 2, f. 138, Manifattura di Doccia. Documenti vari, c. 484 and following pages). This decoration was used for all of the 18th century and the Asiatic figures were gradually replaced by the scenes of country life and rural pursuits typical of Arcadia (BIANCALANA 2009,p. 154-156). For the type of clay and the shape, this cup can be dated around 1770-1780. A.B. Bibliography:MORAZZONI 1935, plateCXXXc (attributed to Cozzi); LANE 1954, plate 50A; LANE 1963, fig. 110; GINORI LISCI 1963, plate 53
Accession number
7141 to B-1861

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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