This is a rare set of a dozen beautiful 18th century Italian antique porcelain plates.
These Ginori Doccia porcelain dishes are decorated with the colorful porcellana antica modello Tulipano pattern (the Tulip pattern). The pattern shows tulips along with other flowers painted in green, blue, yellow, iron red, and purple (see images). The gently lobed border is painted with lovely flower sprigs. The pattern was among the most popular in
18th century Italy.
Setting a table with these dishes will make a beautiful statement of Italian elegance and tradition.
H 1 in. x Dm 9.25 in.
In this pattern we also have an outstanding charger, 13 inches diameter, condition excellent, price: $1,100 (see image #8), and a shell shaped serving dish, 7″ x 7.75″, price: $500 (see image #6).
The Ginori Porcelain manufactory, at Doccia, near Florence, was founded in 1735 by Marchese Carlo Ginori. In 1896 the name of the business was changed to Richard-Ginori. Today the company is still known as Richard-Ginori. In the 18th century the factory used tin glaze to create a milk white surface which served as an effective background for a palette of strong painted colors (see images). This process was unique among European porcelain manufacturers, and gave the Doccia porcelains a unique feel and look.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has in their collection a pair of Doccia Ginori wine coolers, ca. 1760-70, in this pattern (1985.384.1,.2).
Also see La Manifattura Toscana dei Ginori Doccia 1737-1791 page 140 image 62.
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