Here is very unusual decoration on a (most likely) Cozzi porcelain set. The Cozzi (pronounced coat-see) factory created high-quality porcelain in Venice beginning in 1764. The saucer shows a youngster sitting on a mound, blowing glassware (or bubbles?) and ringing a bell, surrounded by swags of bright flowers and all enclosed in an unusual trelliswork border of blue and purple sections. I’m assuming the child and the scene either have alchemical significance or refer to some obscure mythological story. It may be associated with the Masonic Order or some fraternal association in Italy. Any help in identifying this would be appreciated! The cup, with a branch-molded handle attached at the joins with leaves and flowers, is decorated with a similar border and swags of flowers, but decorated this time with a young man wrapped in a cloak and gesturing toward a nearly bare tree—again, some obscure reference to something I’m not familiar with. The saucer has faint remnants of a mark that has been mostly scratched out. The tiny section of the mark that remains looks like the bottom part of a Cozzi anchor mark in gold. The cup also has a mark that has been mostly scratched away, but in this case it is in purplish red. Mystery upon mystery. Why were the marks scratched out? What do the figures mean? What is the meaning of life? Okay, not all questions can be answered, but this set is certainly puzzling. Both pieces have very light surface wear but no damage, as shown in the photos, and there are no repairs. The saucer is four and seven-eighths inches across.

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Cozzi Cup & Saucer Unusual Decoration of Alchemy (?) Science (?) C1770 Italian Antique Porcelain


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