Cup and Saucer - inv. 1014

Giovanni Caselli ? (1698-1752), model by Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630)

Cup and saucer
soft-paste porcelain  
cup: height 45 mm, diameter 82 mm; saucer: diameter 143 mm
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 1014

Golden Room

The cup and saucer are decorated with battle scenes, rendered with the a miniaturist technique and a very rich palette. Great care has also been lavished on the landscape backgrounds. The lists of works produced by the manufactory of Capodimonte record that this kind of decoration was on fashion only in 1744-1745, when the principal decorator was Giovanni Caselli. In this case the subjects are taken from two etchings by Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630). His rich repertory, repeated in numerous prints of the eighteenth century, was one of the most widely used in the decoration of china.