A JAPANESE ARITA PORCELAIN COFFEE POT WITH COVER
Edo Period, late 17th century
On three feet, of conical shape decorated with ho-oh birds amongst foliage, with silver patinated metal mounts and dragon-shaped tap.
H. 28.5 cm
Dutch copper coffee pots of the same conical shape are known in the late 17th century. This Arita porcelain copy will have been made after such a copper model. A similar one in the Groninger Museum (Christiaan J.A. Jörg, Fine & Curious, Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, Amsterdam 2003, p. 204) has almost the same decoration in underglaze blue with ho-o birds perched on rocks and in-flight amongst chrysanthemums and peonies, and “karakusa” scrolls on the handle and feet.