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Coffee cup and saucer

Coffee cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (made)
    Kütahya (City)

  • Date:

    about 1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    fritware, polychrome painted, glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 28, shelf 7 []

A pottery industry was well-established in Kütahya by the 17th century; there are references to 'cup makers' of Kütahya in 1608. In 1715 a French merchant, Paul Lucas, based in Istanbul sent to France a dozen coffee cups and saucers, bowls, two rosewater bottles, two salts and two writing sets. A ewer and basin in the Patriarchal collection in the church of St. James, Jerusalem, painted underglaze blue is inscribed with the date 1716.

Physical description

Cup of beaker shape and saucer with recessed or socketed well, fritware, painted with line bands in underglaze blue and colourful enamels of red, green, and yellow, outlined in black, with a textile like pattern of repeated lozenges alternating with palmettes

Place of Origin

Turkey (made)
Kütahya (City)


about 1725 (made)



Materials and Techniques

fritware, polychrome painted, glazed

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer, fritware, painted in underglaze blue with polychrome decoration, Turkey (Kütahya), about 1725.




Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Earthenware


Middle East Section

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