Before the invention of the dripolator, percolator and the expresso machine, the roasted and ground coffee beans were placed in a pot, and hot water was added, to infuse the water with the coffee. After the coffee had brewed it was ready for pouring, a similar process to that used to make tea now. It was not until the invention of the percolator in the late 19th century, that use of the coffee pot began to decline. From the early 18th century to the end of the 19th century, coffee pots were produced in silver, silver plate and by most of the major ceramics producers who produced dinnerware, including Wedgwood, Royal Worcester and Belleek.
A Cantonese porcelain cup and saucer. Qing Dynasty, later 19th century, brocade decorated in famille rose enamels with gilt highlights, the saucer with four cloud shaped reserves enclosing flowers with birds and figural domestic scenes, the tapering coffee
A Chinese blue and white bowl and a cup, late Qing Dynasty, and after, the bowl of low flat form with gently raised sides decorated in underglaze blue with a canopied boat in a mountainous and pine landscape setting, with script to the bowl and characters
Rare Chinese export porcelain beer or coffee mug. Decorated with Canton famille rose figures in a courtyard. A bright turquoise coloured rock beneath the strap handles. Minor wear and firing spots only. Height 10 cm
Rare pair of dolls' house Chinese porcelain coffee cups. Decorated with a birthday pattern on a bright yellow ground. Both cups bearing six character iron red Guangxu (1875-1908) reign mark of the period. Minor wear to gilding. Height 5 cm
A Chinese export ware coffee pot in the Cantonese manner, Republic era, of flared and lobed form with a domed lid and foliate finial, and with a scroll handle, the body decorated in the typical light Cantonese palette and floral style with a reserve depict
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