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Coffee pot and lid

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Basil Ionides Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.71:1, 2-1963

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 7, The Sheikha Amna Bint Mohammed Al Thani Gallery, case CA15 []

This coffee pot was probably commissioned by European traders, or their clients, from the porcelain factories of Jingdezhen in southern China. Modelled on silver and pewter prototypes brought from Europe, the pieces octagonal form is distinctly European in shape. Special private orders often included objects with shapes and designs copied from European models and drawings, which were brought to China as reference material. The lion-shaped knob on top of the lid is Chinese in origin, while the mythological figures on the lower section of the vessel body are European. The mythological figures in the medallions are probably representations of Europa and the Bull, when the god Jupiter, on falling in love with Europa, transforms into a white bull and abducts her. The designs were probably copied from prints sent to China in the late seventeenth century.

Physical description

Porcelain coffee pot and lid of European silver shape, with octagonal, tapering body and straight spout bent near the tip and with an 'S'shaped connection to the body; the handle is simple, the base convex and the three feet rounded. The lid's knob is lion-shaped. It is painted in underglaze blue with landscapes imitating pastoral scenes, and elaborate pendant medallions containing mythological creatures. Hatched diaper and floral scrolls on the spout and handle.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


ca. 1700-1710 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue


Height: 295 mm, Width: 140 mm foot, Width: 210 mm across spout and handle

Descriptive line

Porcelain coffee pot painted in underglaze blue from a Delft model, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1700-1710

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 60, fig. 40.

Labels and date

Coffee pot
Porcelain with decoration in underglaze blue
Probably copied from a model by Lambert van Eenhoorn, owner of a ceramics factory at Delft in the Netherlands.
About 1700-1720 [1987]





Subjects depicted

Floral scrolls; Diaper-work


Porcelain; Ceramics; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


East Asia Collection

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