Here is a pair of bowls created for use at the dinner table (or for the display cabinet) made in Italy in the eighteenth century. They are made of hard-paste porcelain, similar to Meissen, and painted with colored enamels and gilding. The decoration is in the European Imari style—a Western version of a specific kind of Japanese asymmetrical decoration in blue and red that had been imported into Europe on oriental porcelain and had been admired for many years. European entrepreneurs finally succeeded in making porcelain that was equal to the Asian porcelain in beauty and strength, and they also took over some of the decorative styles of the originals. A Cozzi bowl of roughly similar pattern is in the Victoria and Albert Museum and illustrated by Arthur Lane in “Italian Porcelain.” These bowls are both in fine condition with no damage and only slight surface wear. They are marked with the Cozzi red anchor. Each is seven inches by eight and one-eighth inches.
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