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Doccia porcelain factory
Figure of a chained captive after one of Pietro Tacca's figures on the monument to Ferdinand de' Medici in Livorno (Leghorn), Italy
Museum number: M214
This Italian porcelain figure was made in Florence at the Doccia factory, from models by Foggini after the bronze chained captives by Pietro Tacca (c.1620-24) which surround the base of Giovanni Bandini's statue of Ferdinand I de ’Medici (1595-99) in Livorno, representing Barbary pirates chained and enslaved after naval victories over the Ottoman Turks. Similar figures were modelled for the base of a grandiose allegorical group depicting 'The Triumph of Florence's Glories', of which there is an example in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). For a fuller account of the two series of figures of captives produced by the Doccia factory see the online collection entry for the V&A group (V&A no.380:1-1876).
Anthea Brook, 'From Borgo Pinti to Doccia: The Afterlife of Pietro Tacca’s Moors for Livorno' in The Slave in European Art From Renaissance Trophy to Abolitionist Emblem edited by Elizabeth McGrath and Jean Michel Massing (Warburg Institute Colloquia, 20 Editors: Jill Kraye and Charles Burnett), The Warburg Institute – Nino Aragno Editore, London and Turin, 2012.
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