Naples-Doccia porcelain sugar box, relief moulded scenes, mid-19th century
Doccia porcelain sugar box of quatrefoil form, decorated with high-relief moulded figures in the Baroque style, with various classical deities and religious characters co-inhabiting continuous landscapes, the lid with a large apple & leaf knop.
Incised ‘N’ and crown mark,
12.5×15.5cm, 13cm high
Condition: hairline crack to centre of lid, knop re-attached, leaf restored, small chip to foot.
In 1821, the Naples porcelain factory (ie the original ‘CapodiMonte’) closed, and the Ginori factory of Doccia acquired their moulds and proceeded to make very similar pieces for the remainder of the 19th century. They also used the mark. These highly decorative pieces are therefore the legitimate descendants of the 18th century Naples originals. The Doccia ‘Naples/Capodimonte’ wares seem to have also expanded the range of products. They are good quality, with the moulded figures well defined and the painting quite sympathetic to the original. The knob on this piece, and the style of decoration, compare well to a teapot in the V&A, with the same knop and sharing the same mouldings.