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Catalog Number 2008.9.125
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from a service made for Richard Sclater and Magdalen Limbery.

Richard was a London grocer and tea merchant, and served as an alderman of the City of London in 1754. He was implicated in smuggling tea into England; smuggling of taxed good like tea was endemic in eighteenth -century England. It has been estimated that three-quarters of the tea drunk in England in the 1740s was contraband. Richard was also possibly a Jacobite, supporting the deposed catholic royal house of Stuart.

The complicated arms are those of two people who are descended from heraldic heiresses, which is a woman who inherits her father's arms and her children will quarter her arms with those of their father. Richard was the son of Reverend Christopher Sclater and Elizabeth May, who was an heraldic heiress. Magdalen was the daughter and heir of John Limbery, and so inherited his arms, which were already quartered through a marriage to a Miss Churchill sometime in the past.
Year Range from 1750
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Gift of H.F. Lenfest and Beverly M. DuBose III
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery
Gallery ID Number 2127