Juno

Italian (Florence)
about 1745–55
Made by Doccia Manufactory (Italy), After Giuseppe Piamontini (Italian (Florence), 1663–1744)


Object Place: Florence, Italy

Dimensions

Height: 38 1/2 in. (97.79 cm)

Accession Number

2008.1414

Medium or Technique

Glazed hard-paste porcelain

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

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