ITALIAN c.1770 – 1780 Italian Hard-Paste Porcelain

An 18th Century Italian Porcelain Model of a Recumbent Lion. Possibly Venetian, Cozzi Factory or Perhaps the Le Nove Porcelain Factory at Bassano c.1770-1780. Crisply Moulded and Lightly Potted with a Clear Glaze of Pearly Appearance.


Length : 10 cm (4 inches)
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White 18th century Italian porcelain models of lions of this form have traditionally been attributed to Doccia, however the paste and glaze would suggest Cozzi or Le Nove as a far more likely candidates.

Cozzi Porcelain :
A Porcelain Factory was started in Venice by the businessman and imaginative entrepreneur Geminiano Cozzi in 1764. The hard-paste porcelain produced was greyish in colour, production varied from figures to teawares. The fashion for drinking tea, coffee, and chocolate from porcelain cups in Venice`s new coffeehouses, along with the general popularity of porcelain during the 1700s, fuelled tremendous demand for Cozzi`s wares. These useful wares propelled the Cozzi Porcelain factory to become the most successful of all the Venetian porcelain factories in the 18th Century. However, the factory, like so many others closed as a result of the French Revolution. The factory was closed in 1812.

The Le Nove Porcelain Factory :
The Le Nove Porcelain Factory was started in 1762 by Pasquale Antonibon who had worked with his father making Faïence. Located in Republic of Venice at Bassano near Venice, it Made Soft-paste Porcelain from 1762 to 1835.