Coffee pot

This coffee pot has been decorated with European made gilded mounts. Japanese ceramics, such as Imari wares, were mainly introduced to Europe in the latter part of the 17th century through the trades of the Dutch East India Company. Imari porcelain was made in Arita, and is named after the port from which they are exported, and are known for their underglaze blue, iron-red and gold colours. Coffee became popular in Europe around the mid-17th century which increased the demand for coffee-specific wares.