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Dish: C.3206-1928

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Doccia Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain dish painted in enamels al tulipano and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain with greyish-white tin-glaze, painted in blue, green, and red enamels, and lightly gilded. Circular with a wavy moulded edge with six indents and lobes, slightly concave rim, curved sides and almost flat central area, standing on a footrim, formed by recessing the base. The well is decorated 'al tulipano' with a large red flower with serrated petals, surrounded by other red and blue flowers and green and red foliage, the latter outlined and veined in gold. The rim has six sprays of blue and green foliage and flowers, with gold centres. There is a small splodge of green on the rim at about 6 o'clock.


History note: Mr Sheldon, Manchester, from whom purchased for £10 on 17 December 1925 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 29.5 cm
Height: 3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Doccia ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J.W.L.


3rd quarter 18th Century
Circa 1780 CE - 1800 CE


Variants of this pattern, described as 'al tulipano' (tulip), was used on Doccia tableware from about 1745 until the beginning of the 19th century. Despite its name, the design was derived from the peony motifs on Chinese porcelain. There is a smaller dish with a comparable floral design in the Victoria and Albert Museum (C.153-1922).

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, red, and yellow) gold

Materials used in production

greyish-white, except for footrim Tin-glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Hard-paste porcelain covered with a greyish-white uneven glaze, possibly containing tin-oxide, painted overglaze in blue, green, red, and yellow enamels, and gilded

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3206-1928
Primary reference Number: 206701
Old object number: 4770
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 18 August 2015 Updated: Tuesday 1 March 2016 Last processed: Tuesday 6 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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