Coffeepot

DATE:
c. 1740–1760
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Porcelain, enamel
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 8 3/8 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (21.27 x 15.88 x 13.335 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Library, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.927.A-B

General Description

Porcelain coffeepots, like their counterparts for tea, were imported into Europe from China in large quantities. While coffeepots sometimes have handles at right angles to the spouts, as on chocolate pots, spouts such as this one are rare. Usually, Chinese export coffeepots have long tubular spouts that attach near the bottom of the vessel, as seen in European models. In contrast, the Reves pot has a V-shaped spout molded from the vessel's wall. A closely related coffeepot with a shorter but similar spout is dateable to 1716, suggesting that this body form was first produced in the early 18th century. The famille rose enameling and "Meissen-derived" border on the foot rim point to a mid-18th century date for this particular example.

The lid is old, but not original to this piece.

Excerpt from

Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 114.

Web Resources

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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