Though it is decorated in an Asian style with a domestic scene of a Chinese family, this baluster-shaped coffeepot is a form that developed in Europe with no precedent in the Far East. Coffee was introduced into Britain in the 17th century, and by the early 18th century, the tall coffeepot with spout and domed cover was established as the standard form.
The sparing use of colored decoration on a white body left largely exposed and undecorated was inspired by the Japanese Kakiemon style. It can also be seen in the nearby Worcester teapot and vase that are also primarily white.
[ Shreve, Crump & Low , before 1939; sold for $100 to Lockwood ] ; Mr. and Mrs. Luke Vincent Lockwood (until 1939; to MMA)