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Platter (one of a set)

Doccia manufactory
Factory director:
Marchese Carlo Ginori
ca. 1745
Italian, Florence
Hard-paste porcelain
Overall (confirmed): 1 3/8 × 12 1/8 × 9 1/4 in. (3.5 × 30.8 × 23.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
Not on view
The second of the eighteenth-century Italian porcelain factories was founded in 1737 by the marchese Carlo Ginori (1702–1757) at Doccia, near Florence. Ginori sought the assistance of two men who had worked for the du Paquier factory in Vienna, and it is likely that porcelain was in production by about 1740. In the following year, Ginori obtained an exclusive privilege for the manufacture of porcelain in Tuscany. Due to the quality of the local supply of kaolin—a critical ingredient in the production of hard-paste porcelain—the porcelain made at Doccia was gray and slightly coarse, but the artistic level of Doccia's production more than compensated for its technical deficiencies.

This platter is one of three (06.372a–c) at the Museum decorated with a figure in exotic dress.
Marking: Impressed on underside: S V V
[ Harding , 1906; sold to MMA ]
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