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Cup: C.231 & A-1918

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Production: Doccia Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain cup and saucer decorated in enamels alla sassone and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain painted alla sassone in green, yellow, pale purple, darker purple, red shades of grey and black enamel, and gilt. The cup has deep curved sides and a small angular handle. The circular saucer has shallow curved sides and stands on a footrim. The cup is decorated on the front with a panel containing a woman kneeling and stretching out her hands towards a bird which is perching on a branch on a tree to the viewer's left of her. The panel is framed by strapwork linking two kidney-shaped and two shield-shaped pale purple panels surrounded by gold and red scrolling foliage. The handle is surrounded by a frame of gold and red scrolls and foliage, and there are gold bands round the rim and foot, and on the sides of the handle. The saucer is decorated a four sided panel containing a lady in contemporary costume seated in a landscape with low trees on either side of her. The panel is enclosed by kidney-shaped and almost heart-shaped pale purple panels linked by gold straps and scrolls outside which are four pairs of inward scrolling foliated branches in red and gold. The rim is encircled by a gold band.


History note: Unknown before donor, Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA, FSA

Place(s) associated

  • Doccia ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918-08-28) by Griffin, Ralph


Lorenzo Ginori period (1758-91)
Circa 1765 CE - 1780 CE


This style of decoration, with frames around small scenes of varous subjects, was inspired by Meissen porcelain of the 1720s and 1730s, which had Chinoiserie or European scenes surround by' laub und bandelwerk'. It was known at the Doccia factory as decoration 'alla Sassone' because Meisson was in Saxony . One of the painters known from the factory's records to have executed decoration in this style was Angiolo Fiaschi who was working at Doccia between 1738 and 1774.

School or Style

alla Sassone

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, pale purple, purple, red, shades of grey and black) gold
Saucer Diameter 12.8 cm Height 2.4 cm
Cup Diameter 7.7 cm Height 5 cm Width 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

containing tin oxide Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing : Hard-paste porcelian painted overglaze in green, yellow, pale purple, purple, red, shades of grey and black enamels, and gilded

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: solid gold

  • Text: star
  • Location: On the base of saucer close to the footrim
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.231 & A-1918
Primary reference Number: 73330
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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