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Dish: C.6-1982

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Doccia Porcelain Factory (Factory)


Hard-paste porcelain dish painted in enamels

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, tin-glazed, and decorated with blue, green, yellow dark pink, salmon-pink, red, and pale purple enamels. Of marescialla form, approximately oval with rococo scrolled edges, wave and shell motifs at either end,and lightly fluted sides. In the middle there is a motif resembling the underside of a mushroom or a different type of shell, linked by two stems to the shells at the ends. The shells at the ends are coloured in salmon-pink and blue, and the scrolls round the outer edge in pale purple. The central motif is striped in purple, and outlined in red, as are the two stems on either side of it. The sides are decorated with scattered polychrome floral sprays and sprigs.


History note: Purchased by Lady Cynthia Postan from Gabor Cossa.

Legal notes

Given by Sir Michael and Lady Cynthia Postan through the Friends of The Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.5 cm
Length: 27.4 cm
Width: 18.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Doccia ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1982) by Postan, Michael and Cynthia, Sir and Lady


Late 18th century
Production date: circa AD 1780 : formerly dated c. 1765-80


Dishes of this shape are known as marescialla in Italy. they were also made for a short time at the factory at San Donato in Polverosa founded by Giuseppe and Bartolomeo Ginori in 1779.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow dark pink, salmon-pink, red, and pale purple)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Glazing Press-moulding

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-1982
Primary reference Number: 140338
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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