Object Place: Florence, Italy
Height: 38 1/2 in. (97.79 cm)
Medium or Technique
Glazed hard-paste porcelain
Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)
This sculpture of the ancient Roman goddess Juno is one of only eleven large-scale Doccia figures known today. Juno’s rarity is matched by her beauty, the virtuosic modeling of her animated drapery, and the sheer technical feat of firing and assembling the pieces. The model can be identified with an entry in the factory archives listing the molds for sculptures by Piamontini; Juno would have been paired with a figure of Jupiter, her husband.
1980, Thomas O. Dunlap, Jr., Lake Wales, Florida; 1980, sold by Dunlap to Douglas R. Fuller, Lake Wales [see note 1]; 1980s, given by Fuller to I.W. Colburn, Lake Wales and Manchester, MA; 1992, by inheritance to Mrs. I.W. (Frances) Colburn, Manchester; 2008, partial gift of Mrs. Colburn to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 17, 2008)
 Mr. Fuller acquired the sculpture -- along with the Italianate home in which it was kept -- in the Mountain Lake community of Lake Wales. It is not known how long the sculpture had been in the house. The previous owner, Thomas O. Dunlap, resided there between 1971 and 1980.
Partial gift in memory of I. W. Colburn by Frances H. Colburn, Clarissa Colburn Hunnewell, and Oliver C. Colburn, and museum purchase with funds from the John Lowell Gardner Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Russell B. and Andrée Beauchamp Stearns Fund, Otis Norcross Fund, and Tamara Petrosian Davis Fund