Queen Anne Silver Coffeepot

An early 18th century English coffeepot from the perspective of the cultural context of coffee consumption.

The display was researched and prepared by Maryam Ala Amjadi, a doctoral candidate in the School of English jointly at the University of Kent in Canterbury and the Universidad do Porto, Portugal.

Silver coffee pot
Coffeepot, 1713, Britannia silver. Akzo Nobel, on long-term loan to The Courtauld Gallery.

Drinking coffee was central to the intellectual and social life of cities as far from each other in space and mentality as London and Isfahan in modern Iran. Coffeehouse culture in these two cities during the 17th and 18th centuries are used as brief case studies to reveal the social power of coffee and the practice of debate and camaraderie that it engendered.

Part of the Illuminating Objects series: 26 November 2014 to 3 June 2015.

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