Porcelain Museum
Museo delle Porcellane
 
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Gifts from Napoleon to his sister Elisa Baciocchi
Sèvres Manufacture, 1809 - 1810

In the eighteenth century throughout Europe exploded the mode of the porcelaines, until then secretly produced only in China.
Chemical Saxon Bottger discovered the composition, and the main European courts fought over artists and models.
Saxony, England, France, Austria, Naples, Tuscany were the centers of many important manufacturing.
 


Since 1973, the Porcelain Museum, which is a section of the Silver Museum, is located in the "Casino del Cavaliere", built in the 17th century at the top of the hill that overlooks the Gardens of Boboli, which was chosen as a retreat for the Grand Duke. The homogeneous collections comprises mainly porcelain tableware belonging to the royal families that ruled Tuscany (Medici, Lorraine, Savoy), thus clearly reflecting their tastes.

The collection is divided by periods, nations and manufacturers. There are several outstanding examples of Italian porcelain objects produced in Doccia (near Florence), which were especially used by the Grand ducal family for large services of daily use, and at the Royal Manufactory of Naples.

Foreign objects include fine table sets from Vienna and from the German Manufactory of Meissen, in addition to French porcelain from Vincennes and Sèvres, brought to the Pitti Palace by the Savoy House from the Royal Palace of Parma. The Grand Duchess of Parma, Luisa Elisabetta, was in fact the daughter of Luis XV. Some of the objects are also gifts from Napoleon to his sister Elisa Baciocchi, Grand Duchess of Tuscany from 1809 to 1814.

The oldest pieces of the collections are those that once belonged to Gian Gastone, the last Medici Grand Duke (1671-1737) produced in the Manufactory of Meissen.

 


 
Boboli Garden
Casino del Cavaliere - 17th century
Monkey Fountain
 
Napoleon in Sèvres porcelain, after Francois Gerard
Chinese vase - 17th century
 
Oyster tray - 17th century
Sèvres Manufacture

Gifts from Napoleon to his sister Elisa Baciocchi
Sèvres Manufacture

 
Coffee pot - 1800
Royal Manufacture of Naples
Tea pot - 1785
Royal Manufacture of Naples
 
Chinese dish - 16th century
Vase with chinoserie - 18th century
Meissen Manufacture
 
Tray and cups
Meissen Manufacture
Chandelier - 18th century
Meissen Manufacture
 
Ganymede and Zeus
Meissen Manufacture
Chiron Instructing Achilles
Meissen Manufacture
 
Ganymede
Meissen Manufacture
Bacchus
Meissen Manufacture
 
Face carved in rock cristal
Florentine Manifacture
Face carved in rock cristal
Florentine Manifacture
 
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