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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

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Late 19th century porcelain coffee set for 8 persons.
Oct 29, 6:00 PM EEST
Late 19th century porcelain coffee set for 8 persons.
by Pragma
Est: €3,700- €5,300
€1,9001 Bid
Vintage Old Salem N.C. Coffee Pot Paperweights
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Old Salem N.C. Coffee Pot Paperweights
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE COFFEE CUP AND SAUCER
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE COFFEE CUP AND SAUCER
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $100
$301 Bid
Tuscan English 15 piece coffee service
Oct 31, 7:00 PM AEDT
Tuscan English 15 piece coffee service
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
coffee set for 6 people, Herend Hungary, decor Apponyi
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
coffee set for 6 people, Herend Hungary, decor Apponyi
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €350- €700
€3200 Bids
coffee set, Höchst, Middle of 20th c., flowers- and
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
coffee set, Höchst, Middle of 20th c., flowers- and
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €380- €750
€3600 Bids
extensive coffee set, Rosenthal, Romanze in blue, Björn
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
extensive coffee set, Rosenthal, Romanze in blue, Björn
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
Guido Gambone (Italian 1909-1969) Tea / Coffee Set, 1950s
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
Guido Gambone (Italian 1909-1969) Tea / Coffee Set, 1950s
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £800- £1,200
£4000 Bids
Kaffeeservice. Nymphenburg.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Kaffeeservice. Nymphenburg.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€9000 Bids
Coffee service for 12 persons,
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Coffee service for 12 persons,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€2400 Bids
Coffee service for 6 persons,
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Coffee service for 6 persons,
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€4200 Bids
Six small coffee cups with sau
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Six small coffee cups with sau
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids
Coffee and tea service, 23 pcs
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Coffee and tea service, 23 pcs
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€50 Bids
Four coffee sets, 12 pieces, R
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Four coffee sets, 12 pieces, R
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
coffee pot, Tiffany, around 1890, spout with female mask
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
coffee pot, Tiffany, around 1890, spout with female mask
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €280- €560
€2800 Bids
extensive Dinner- and coffee set, Jammet- Seignolles
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
extensive Dinner- and coffee set, Jammet- Seignolles
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
8 coffee sets, Lomonossov St. Petersburg, porcelain
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
8 coffee sets, Lomonossov St. Petersburg, porcelain
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
coffee set, Czechoslovakia, 1900, Watteau- style
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
coffee set, Czechoslovakia, 1900, Watteau- style
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
coffee set, Nymphenburg, 20th c., coffee pot, sugar bowl
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
coffee set, Nymphenburg, 20th c., coffee pot, sugar bowl
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €300- €600
€2800 Bids
Coffee set for 6 persons, 28 p
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Coffee set for 6 persons, 28 p
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
TWO FIRST CLASS WHITE STAR LINE COFFEE CANS AND SAUCERS, CIRCA 1912
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
TWO FIRST CLASS WHITE STAR LINE COFFEE CANS AND SAUCERS, CIRCA 1912
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
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Kaffeekern, Königszelt "Charlotte" mit Silberstaffage, H. Kanne: ca. 24 cm
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Kaffeekern, Königszelt "Charlotte" mit Silberstaffage, H. Kanne: ca. 24 cm
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Coffee Services


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Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Das Kunst- und Auktionshaus Kastern GmbH & Co KG

Das Kunst- und Auktionshaus Kastern GmbH & Co KG