, , , , , , , , ,

2 2bb995a752e97dcab63d5a864f731bfb 001

A pair of Doccia oval bowls from the Marana Isola service, Ginori factory, mid-eighteenth century. Estimation 5,0007,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s

boldly painted with the conjoined arms among scattered insects and flowers within a red line border and moulded rim, one with four long cracks. Quantité: 2 – one incised A196, 33cm., 13in. diam.


A large circular dish from the Marana Isola service, Ginori factory, mid-eighteenth century. Estimation 5,0007,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s

of barbed foliate form, boldly painted with the conjoined arms encircled by insects and flowers within a red-pencilled border of flower lappets and hatched trellis picked out in enamels, the reverse with trailing flowering branches in purple, cracks, some restoration, 35.5cm., 14in. diam.


A Doccia Soup Tureen and Cover from the Marana Isola service,  Ginori factory, mid-eighteenth century. Estimation 3,0005,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s

of metalwork form, the stepped cover with rope-twist handle, painted in enamels and gilding with the conjoined arms surmounted by a boy mask, within a large famille rose style leaf-shaped reserve on a whorl ground enamelled with flowers, the tureen with evenly-spaced flowering branch vignettes and with twin scroll handles picked out in red enamel, one terminal chip, cover cracked. Quantité: 2 – 26cm., 10 1/4 in.

5 (2)

A Doccia armorial oval dish from the Marana-Isola service, Ginori factory, mid-eighteenth century. Estimation 2,0003,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s

boldly painted with the conjoined arms of Marana and Isola of Genoa, entwined with brightly flowering branches enclosing two sepia monochrome vignettes of battle scenes, the moulded border with scattered single roses, tulip and forget-me-nots, long crack, some wear, 31.1cm., 12 1/2 in. diam.,


Provenance: Contessa Luisa Guicciardini Strozzi,
Thence by descent

Notes: This celebrated service was made at the command of Count Ginori for his friend the Marchesa Laura Isola Marana and delivered  in 1750. Painters involved in the production of the service clearly included the celebrated Karl Anreiter, and there is clear evidence of the influence of the Du Paquier style from Vienna.

The first part of the service, at least, must have been delivered by 30 October 1750, when the Marchesa mentioned it in a letter, having complained to the Count that she had not yet received it in letters of the 15th August and 22nd August.

However, the typology differs quite markedly between pieces of this service, and replacement pieces, or even a supplementary service, may have been made over the following few years. The addition of battle scenes to this piece is especially unusual.

Many pieces of the service are still in the possession of the Marana-Falconi family, but examples are also to be found as follows:

A coffee pot in the Museo Duca di Martina, Naples (inv.1987)

A tureen in the Museo di Villa Cagnola Gazzada (inv.326)

A dish in the Kunstgewerbe Museum, Cologne (inv.E3711)

Two large dishes in the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (inv. Ke6135 and Ke7905)

A dish in the Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, (inv.6327)

Three dishes in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (inv.25605 and 25606, 25707) a plate in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (inv. D.10824)

Four dishes from the service were sold by Sotheby’s Milan from the Questa Collection, 21 March 2005, lots 284 to 287; and another three, 21 December 2005, lots 342-344.

Sotheby’s. Of Royal and Noble Descent Londres, 24 févr. 2015, 10:30 AM