Coffee Pot, White porcelain (Arita ware), decorated with blue under the glaze and mounted with silver, Japan

Coffee Pot

Date:
1650–75
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
White porcelain (Arita ware), decorated with blue under the glaze and mounted with silver
Dimensions:
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
79.2.176a, b
Not on view
A seemingly odd shape for Japanese porcelain, this coffee pot was made specifically for export to Europe. From the mid-seventeenth to the mid-eighteenth century, when Chinese porcelain production was in decline, the Japanese porcelain industry thrived through trade with the Dutch. Since shapes like coffee pots were unfamiliar to Japanese potters, the Dutch would provide models to be copied. Additions of silver or gold mountings to a porcelain vessel were common in export wares, highlighting the high value placed on porcelain by the wealthy European consumers.
[ Samuel P. Avery , New York, 1879; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blue and White: Early Japanese Export Ware," November 23, 1976–September 3, 1978.