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Two-handled bowl: EC.28 & A-1946

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Doccia Porcelain Factory




Hard-past porcelain painted in polychrome enamels with flowers

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, pale orange, red, and puce enamels. The circular bowl has deep curved sides, moulded with lines sloping in opposite directions to form four petal shapes, two small S-shaped handles with a strap around the lower end, and stands on a footring. The domed cover is lightly gadrooned, and has a knob in the form of a pear on a stalk with a leaf. A flange on the underside fits inside the rim of the bowl. On each side of the bowl there are one large and one small spray of mixed flowers, and one side also a tiny yellow bud and two leaves. The handles have dark puce lines down the sides and a blue stroke down the back. Inside there is a dark puce floral spray. The cover has three sprays of flowers and one small sprig with a yellow bud. The pear knob is shaded in pale orange and yellow and its leaf is green. A dark puce line encircles the outer edge.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.4 cm
Width: 15.3 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Sesto Fiorentino ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1946-12)


3rd quarter 18th Century
Circa 1765 CE - 1770 CE


This bowl was produced after the introduction of a new paste at Doccia in 1761. This was described as massa bastardo, and was glazed with an opaque white tin-glaze.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, pale orange, red, and puce)
Bowl Diameter 12.2 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, glazed, and painted in blue, green, yellow, pale orange, red, and puce enamels

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 13.
  • Location: On base of bowl
  • Method of creation: Painted in puce
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.28 & A-1946
Primary reference Number: 140414
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 May 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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