Cup and saucer - inv. 1015

Doccia, model by di Massimo Soldani Benzi (1656-1740)

Cup and saucer
cup: height 73 mm, diameter 68 mm; saucer: diameter 123 mm
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 1015

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The cup has raised decoration with a mythological subject: Galatea between sea deities and the Triumph of Bacchus. The scenes were copied from two medals by the late-baroque Florentine sculptor Massimo Soldani Benzi (1658-1740). This kind of raised decoration began under Carlo Ginori (1702-1757) in the early period of the manufactory’s history and was long popular. The cup is skilfully made; the handles are interlacing white and gold twigs, the inner border is decorated in red. The saucer has a raised decoration with shells and ribbons and small painted insects. It is a particularly rare piece, one of the earliest examples of a successful pattern.