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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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A Suzi Cooper Coffee set 21 cm (15).
Mar 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A Suzi Cooper Coffee set 21 cm (15).
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £30- £50
£42 Bids
An antique English salt glazed coffee pot with floral enamel decoration, circa 1755, 18cm high
Mar 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
An antique English salt glazed coffee pot with floral enamel decoration, circa 1755, 18cm high
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3001 Bid
PEARL WARE TALL COFFEE POT.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
PEARL WARE TALL COFFEE POT.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
PICKARD PORCELAIN GOLD ENCRUSTED COFFEE OR CHOCOLATE POT, CIRCA 1925
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
PICKARD PORCELAIN GOLD ENCRUSTED COFFEE OR CHOCOLATE POT, CIRCA 1925
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $250
$1500 Bids
Kaffeegeschirr Fortuna
Mar 03, 11:00 AM CET
Kaffeegeschirr Fortuna
by Auktionshaus Schwerin
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
29-delig koffieservies met bijhorende terrine in p…
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
29-delig koffieservies met bijhorende terrine in p…
by DVC
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
Moccaservice
Mar 03, 11:00 AM CET
Moccaservice
by Auktionshaus Schwerin
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Lot van twee antieke koffiekannen (waaronder één E…
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Lot van twee antieke koffiekannen (waaronder één E…
by DVC
Est: €100- €200
€800 Bids
A Polish ceramic coffee set together with a Corona ware Nursery rhyme baby's bowl 18 cm
Mar 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A Polish ceramic coffee set together with a Corona ware Nursery rhyme baby's bowl 18 cm
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £20- £40
£150 Bids
LINDNER Kaffeeservice
Mar 03, 10:00 AM CET
LINDNER Kaffeeservice
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €280- €560
€2800 Bids
A FINE 19TH CENTURY IZNIK STYLE CANTAGALLI POTTERY COFFEE SET, comprising coffee pot, and five cups with five
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
A FINE 19TH CENTURY IZNIK STYLE CANTAGALLI POTTERY COFFEE SET, comprising coffee pot, and five cups with five
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £200- £400
£1800 Bids
Fürstenberg Grecque Athena coffee / mocha service for 6 persons,
Mar 16, 10:00 AM CET
Fürstenberg Grecque Athena coffee / mocha service for 6 persons,
by Antikauktion Krefeld
Est: €240- €0
€2400 Bids
Negentiende eeuws 34-delig koffieservies in oud Pa…
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Negentiende eeuws 34-delig koffieservies in oud Pa…
by DVC
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
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LOCRÉ PARIS, coffee and tea service in neoclassical style,
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
LOCRÉ PARIS, coffee and tea service in neoclassical style,
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €400- €650
€4000 Bids
Arcadian Ware Art Deco 15 piece coffee set, 1 cup with hairline, 1 cup badly crazed (15)
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
Arcadian Ware Art Deco 15 piece coffee set, 1 cup with hairline, 1 cup badly crazed (15)
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £40- £80
£200 Bids
De Lamerie green Trellis coffee pot, sugar bowl and cream jug (3)
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
De Lamerie green Trellis coffee pot, sugar bowl and cream jug (3)
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
Haas and Czevek, Schlaggenwald, Bavarian porcelain cabaret set
Mar 07, 10:00 AM GMT
Haas and Czevek, Schlaggenwald, Bavarian porcelain cabaret set
by Martel Maides
Est: £80- £100
£600 Bids
A Spanish 'Sargadelos' porcelain coffee set
Feb 29, 6:00 PM CET
A Spanish 'Sargadelos' porcelain coffee set
by Greco Subastas
Est: €250- €350
€2500 Bids
KAFFEEKANNE MIT VOGELMALEREI
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CET
KAFFEEKANNE MIT VOGELMALEREI
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €1,200- €2,400
€1,2000 Bids
Royal Epiag Czechoslovakian Cafe Noir Set
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Royal Epiag Czechoslovakian Cafe Noir Set
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A set of six coffee cans and saucers
Mar 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A set of six coffee cans and saucers
by Martel Maides
Est: £30- £40
£200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Coffee Services


Auktionshaus Schwerin

Auktionshaus Schwerin

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Potteries Auctions

Potteries Auctions