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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.1090
  • Catalogue No.: 120
  • Object type: Coffee pot
  • Kiln/Location: Blue-and-white, Arita
  • Period/Date: 1680-1700
  • Dimensions: H. 26.3 cm, D. 19.5 cm
  • Provenance: Reitlinger gift
  • Description: Tankard-shaped coffee pot. Moulded in six lobes with a loop Handle, pierced at the top for a mount, and a bunghole near the base. Underglaze blue decoration. On one side, a phoenix on rocks below peony blossoms; on the other side, finger citron growing from rocks, a phoenix flying above. Double encircling line around lip and foot, karakusa scrolling on handle.

    For the silver origin of the shape, see De Kleyn, 1973. Some such coffee pots have three bracket feet; these are often broken off, but it is clear from this case that there has never been feet and that this piece stood on the small footring. A very similar example with a silver mount that bears the monogram of King Frederik IV of Denmark (r. 1699-1730)) in the Princess's lacquered chamber at Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, inventoried in 1785, is illustrated by Jenyns, 1965, pl. 18A. See also Scheurleer, 1973(a), pls. 113-15.

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