DOCCIA c.1750 – 1760 Italian Hard-Paste Porcelain

An 18th Century Doccia Porcelain Double Handled Cup and Saucer c.1750-1760. Moulded in Bass-Relief in the Istoriato Style. The Design is Possibly Based on Ovid`s Metamorphoses by Giglielmo Della Porta of 1560, which was Reproduced by Anton Filippo Selvi for Marquis Carlo Ginori in the Period Between 1745 and 1747.

Istoriato is a type of High Renaissance pottery (Maiolica) decorated with historical, mythical, Biblical or genre scenes that was produced less for use than for decoration.


The cup with eight tiny chips to the outer rim varying from 2 x 2 mm to 1 x 1 mm. The saucer is in perfect condition but slightly darker than the cup.
Diameter : 13 cm (5 inches)
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For Examples of 18th Century White Doccia Porcelain with similar Istoriato bass-reliefs see : Lucca e le Porcellane Della Manifattura Ginori (Fondazione Centro Studi Sull`arte Licia E Carlo Ludovico Ragghainti,2001) Pages 300-302. An 18th century Doccia porcelain box and cover with similar decoration in coloured enamels is illustrated on page 242. For a Doccia white Istoriato cup see our `Sold Items` number 17855.



Doccia Porcelain :
The Doccia Porcelain factory was located at Doccia near Florence, it was started by Marchese Carlo Ginori (1702–1757), who was a gifted and enlightened politician. He reclaimed the marshes of cecina on the Tuscan coast for use in agriculture and even introduced goldfish from China to the Austrian court. But his great passion was for porcelain, his factory at Doccia started in 1735, although the early period was experimental. Commercial production didn`t start until the early 1740`s, the factory is still in production today. Carlo Ginori shared Augustus the Strong`s love of large sculptural ceramics, wonderful large white porcelain figures and groups were produced, but the factory`s main output was functional porcelain, tea and coffee services as well as dinner services, fork and knife handles, vases, bottle coolers and many other objects. The Doccia factory sometimes used a hybrid hard-paste, the so-called masso bastardo. The paste is somewhat grey, frequently showing `firing cracks`. The lead-glaze that was used in the 18th century is also rather grey, sometimes this greyness can be quite pronounced, the tin-oxide glaze can sometimes have an orange-peel effect caused but tiny burst bubbles, this gives a slightly dull appearance. Towards the later part of the 18th century a fine cold white paste was developed for finer quality pieces. The Doccia factory is especially important for the introduced a new technique called Stampino in the 1740`s, this is the earliest attempt at mechanical decoration on European porcelain, the technique involves a type of stencilling in blue and white