Coffee Set (Austria), ca. 1902
Enameled porcelain. Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund. 1986-83-1/5
What is this?
Five-piece coffee set includes covered sugar bowl, milk jug, cup and saucer, and plate. Coffee Pot (-1a,b): tall slightly conical form with broad, flat triangular handle with circular opening; small curved triangular spout; white ground overall, the bottom decorated with various sized circles in brown, some overlapping; white lid with large flat triangular handle with pierced circle at back. Sugar bowl (-2a,b): circular bowl (a) tapering toward base; white ground overall, the bottom decorated with various sized circles, some overlapping; slightly domed white lid with large flat triangular handle with pierced circle at back. Cream jug (-3): White porcelain ovoid form, tapered toward flat circular base; broad, flat triangular handle pierced with circular opening; curved triangular spout; white ground overall, the bottom decorated with various sized circles, some overlapping. Cup and saucer (-4a,b): circular cup (a) tapering toward flat base; curved flat triangular handle on side, pierced with circle; white body, the lower portion enamelled with red-orange semi-circles and dots arranged in asymmetrical pattern. Circular saucer (b) with slightly upturned edge; cup recess molded off-center; surface enamelled with red-orange dots and overlapping semi-circles clustered around cup recess. Plate (-5): circular form with slightly upturned edge; white ground overall, the surface enamelled with scattered red-orange dots and clusters of overlapping semi-circles.
Why is this in our collection?
The surfaces and forms of this coffee set are based on the circle. From the rust-red surface decoration to the cutouts in the handles and lids of the vessels, Sika plays with the circle as both a utilitarian and a decorative shape.
This object has been included in the following exhibitions: