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 The Porcelain Museum 


Address: Giardino di Boboli, "Casino del Cavaliere"
Until a few years ago the Porcelain Museum was a section of the Museo degli Argenti and was situated in the mezzanine of the Pitti Palace. In 1973 with the total rearrangement of this complex the collection was transferred to the "Casino del Cavaliere" at the top of the Boboli Gardens' slopes. Built in the eightenth century as a retreat for the Grand Duke, the Casino has proved a particularly ideal setting for the conservation and display of a unified collection.
 
The collection consists mainly of table porcelain used by the Grand Ducal and Royal Houses of the Medici, Lorraine and Savoy. In its present setting the collection is divided by nation, manufactory and last of all chronologically. Italian and French porcelain follow the porcelain of Vienna and the porcelain of Meissen. The manufactory of Capodimonte is not represented but there are notable examples from Naples; figures of Neapolitan women in costume, dinner services and a series in biscuit. The grand dukes made use of the local Florentine manufactory of Doccia for their large services in daily use, which are well represented in the museum. The collection of French porcelain from Vincennes and Sevres is also important. This was brought to the Pitti by members of the House of Savoy from the Royal Palace at Parma; the Duchess of Parma, Luisa Elisabetta, was Louis XV's niece. Some pieces were also gifts from Napoleon I to his sister Elisa Baciocchi who was Duchess of Tuscany from 1809-1814. The earliest examples in the collection are the exquisite Meissen products which belonged to the last Medici Grand Duke Gian Gastone, and which are the only ones surviving from his rich collection.


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