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Coffee Services

The history of the coffee service is indelibly tied to that of coffee, which first emerged in the Arabian Peninsula around the 1500s. Its drinking spread to Western Europe around 1600, where coffee experienced immediate success. The rapid popularity of coffee drinking meant that elegant entertainers needed more fancy services with which to treat their guests, so soon, ceramicists and potters were generating coffee services complete with pot, creamer, and sugar bowls along with associated cup and saucer sets.

As the great porcelain producers including Meissen and Sevres came into acclaim in the 18th century, coffee services became increasingly elaborate works of art, a tradition that continued to evolve as artistic and decorative tastes changed. Today, there is a remarkable range of coffee services that can work with any design aesthetic.


Quick Facts

  • So rapid was the adoption of coffee as a beverage that, between 1600 and 1650, hundreds of coffee houses opened in the city of London alone
  • When the Mayor of Amsterdam visited the French King Louis XIV in 1714, he brought the gift of a coffee plant
  • A recent record price for a coffee service occurred at a Christie’s auction in 2014: a marvelous Russian silver gilt and cloisonné enamel set sold for $351,567, not including cups and saucers

Recommended Items at Auction

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Speise- und Kaffeerestservice "Musselmalet Gerippt"
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Speise- und Kaffeerestservice "Musselmalet Gerippt"
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5001 Bid
Kaffeeservice mit Dekor "Gelbe Rose"
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Kaffeeservice mit Dekor "Gelbe Rose"
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €1,400- €2,800
€1,4001 Bid
Hermes Paris Marqueterie coffee service for 6 persons, Kaffeeservice für 6 Personen,
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Hermes Paris Marqueterie coffee service for 6 persons, Kaffeeservice für 6 Personen,
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €900- €0
€9001 Bid
Emily Schroeder Willis Bowl & Coffee Pot
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Emily Schroeder Willis Bowl & Coffee Pot
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $125- $200
$1000 Bids
Umfangreiches Speise-, Kaffee-, Teeservice
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Umfangreiches Speise-, Kaffee-, Teeservice
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €4,600- €9,200
€4,5000 Bids
Kaffee- und Teeservice mit Dekor "Spanischer Rahmen"
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Kaffee- und Teeservice mit Dekor "Spanischer Rahmen"
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €360- €720
€3600 Bids
Kaffeeservice für vier Personen. Hedwig Bollhagen, Marwitz. Wohl 1980''s.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Kaffeeservice für vier Personen. Hedwig Bollhagen, Marwitz. Wohl 1980''s.
by Schmidt Kunstauktionen Dresden OHG
Est: €180- €200
€1500 Bids
MOKKA SERVICE
Nov 29, 10:30 AM CET
MOKKA SERVICE
by Auktionshaus Rheine
Est: €50- €80
€400 Bids
Kaffeeservice
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CET
Kaffeeservice
by Auktionshaus Sieglin GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Kaffeeservice mit Dekor "Grüne Landschaft"
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Kaffeeservice mit Dekor "Grüne Landschaft"
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €700- €1,400
€7000 Bids
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Price and Kensington Royal Wedding Coffee Pot
Dec 04, 9:00 AM EST
Price and Kensington Royal Wedding Coffee Pot
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Kaffeeservice mit Zwiebelmusterdekor
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Kaffeeservice mit Zwiebelmusterdekor
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Umfangreiches Kaffee- und Speiseservice "Musselmalet"
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Umfangreiches Kaffee- und Speiseservice "Musselmalet"
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €2,600- €5,200
€2,6000 Bids
A small group of porcelain by Porsgrund of Norway
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A small group of porcelain by Porsgrund of Norway
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £60
£200 Bids
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FÜRSTENBERG, KAFFEE- UND TEESERVICE
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
FÜRSTENBERG, KAFFEE- UND TEESERVICE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF400
CHF2000 Bids
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KAFEESERVICE
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CET
KAFEESERVICE
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF400- CHF800
CHF4000 Bids
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Berkshire Bone China Royal Wedding Coffee Pot
Dec 04, 9:00 AM EST
Berkshire Bone China Royal Wedding Coffee Pot
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Porzellan-Kaffeeservice
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Porzellan-Kaffeeservice
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
JOSEF HOFFMANN (FORM): SERVICE "MERKUR"
Dec 07, 6:00 PM CET
JOSEF HOFFMANN (FORM): SERVICE "MERKUR"
by Im Kinsky
Est: €4,000- €8,000
€4,0000 Bids
22 Kt Gold Decorated Coffee Pot, Creamer, Sugar And Demi Tasse Cups, C. 1930, 8 pcs
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
22 Kt Gold Decorated Coffee Pot, Creamer, Sugar And Demi Tasse Cups, C. 1930, 8 pcs
by DuMouchelles
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
17 PIECE CHINA COFFEE SET
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
17 PIECE CHINA COFFEE SET
by Sheppards
Est: €30- €50
€150 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Coffee Services


Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Schuler Auktionen

Schuler Auktionen

Schmidt Kunstauktionen Dresden OHG

Schmidt Kunstauktionen Dresden OHG