White porcelain (Arita ware), decorated with blue under the glaze and mounted with silver
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Purchase by subscription, 1879
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.
Artist:Date: late 17th century Accession Number: 14.40.424 Date:late 17th centuryMedium:Porcelain painted under the glaze with cobalt blue (Jiangxi Province; Jingdezhen ware)
Accession:14.40.424On view in:Gallery 216
Artist:Date: late 17th century Accession Number: 1975.268.476 Date:late 17th centuryMedium:Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Imari type)
Accession:1975.268.476On view in:Gallery 203
Artist:Rim and hinge made by Thome , New York Date:late 17th centuryMedium:Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Kakiemon type); American mount
Accession:2002.447.60a, bOn view in:Gallery 201