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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The Etruscan service

Overview

Creator: Naples Royal Porcelain factory (1771-1820) (porcelain manufacturer)
Creation Date: 
1785 - 1787
Materials and techniques: 
Soft paste tin glazed porcelain and gilded decoration
RCIN 
5000032
Acquirer: George III, King of the United Kingdom (1738-1820)
Provenance: 
Commissioned by Ferdinand IV, King of Naples 1783, by whom presented to George III in 1787.
Description:

The Neo-classical style shapes of this Naples soft paste porcelain dinner service is derived from archeological excavations at Nola, Herculaneum, Pompei and in other parts of the then Kingdom of Naples. It was the most ambitious service produced at the Royal Porcelain Factory which had been established in Naples by the Bourbon King, Ferdinand IV in 1771. The Director of the factory, Domienico Venuti (1745-1817), was also keeper of Antiquities and the service was intended to show off the collection of ancient vases in the Museo Borbonico.

105 plates, 27 soup dishes, 4 vegetables dishes and covers, 3 large soup tureens, covers and stands, 4 salad bowls, 3 circular serving dishes, 2 circular serving dishes, 4 salts, 4 cruet stands, 4 fruit baskets, 3 fruit dishes, 3 fruit dishes, 4 ice cream coolers, 2 sugar basins and covers, 4 powdered sugar basins, 2 cups and saucers, 3 bowls, 3 bowls and covers, 3 covers for dishes, 3 bowls, 4 krater shape bottle coolers, 4 wine glass coolers

Measurements: Plates 3.4 x 25.3, soup dishes 7.4 x 25.4 x 22.4, vegetables dishes and covers 20.1 x 34.5 x 26.3, large soup tureens, covers and stands 26.5 x 40.0 x 36.6, salad bowls 8.5 x 26.7, serving dishes 3.0 x 23.7, circular serving dishes 4.6 x 36.8, salts 5.4 x 13.2 x 9.7, cruet stands 17.5 x 20.6 x 10.7, fruit baskets 8.2 x 27.7 x 16.5, fruit dishes 14.3 x 21.8, fruit dishes 12.8 x 18.0, ice cream coolers 38.0 x 23.2, sugar basins and covers 15.0 x 18.6 x 13.0, powdered sugar basins 11.1 x 24.0 x 24.0, cups 4.7 x 8.1, 3 bowls 6.2 x 22.2, bowls and covers 12.0 x 19.0, covers for dishes 7.0 x 18.3, bowls 5.0 x 17.3, krater shape bottle coolers 21.8 x 22.7 x 18.4, wine glass coolers 12.3 x 24.4 x 23.0 cm

Further details

Category: 
Ceramics