Here is an entrancing cup and saucer made by Geminiano Cozzi’s porcelain factory in Venice in the eighteenth century. It is molded with a scale pattern on the exterior, and the scales are decorated in several colors, almost resembling overlapping feathers. This is a highly unusual decorative scheme for any porcelain maker of that time. (Worcester in England was known for its beautiful scale patterns of ground colors such as blue, but their porcelain was rarely molded with scales.) I have another cup and saucer and the dregs bowl from the same unusual service—a service which would have been an absolute knockout on display. I can only imagine what the teapot looked like! Several of the pieces from this set are very faintly marked with the Cozzi anchor in gold. Indeed, this set bears a close resemblance to several gold-anchor Chelsea patterns, and in fact may have been derived from those Chelsea patterns. However, this porcelain body is hard paste rather than the soft paste that Chelsea used, it is more heavily potted than Chelsea, the bottom rims are not ground flat, and there are no spur marks from the supports in the kiln. Reginald Haggar says that the Cozzi factory had “a special fondness for emerald green, violet-purple and red.” Arthur Lane says that the normal factory mark was an anchor in red, but that “exceptionally fine pieces have the anchor in gold.” Those remarks fit this set precisely. Unfortunately, these five pieces in my collection are probably the only remaining items from this particular service, but for the avid collector the rest are also available in my shop. The saucer is four and seven-eighths inches across and has a very small chip off the rim. The teabowl has no damage. I show one photo (with light settings manipulated) where you might be able to make out the extremely faint gold anchor mark of Cozzi, but all the marks are extremely faint.
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