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Catalog Number 2008.9.176
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from a service that was most likely made for Henry Norris, one of London's premiere Baltic merchants and a Commissioner of the Peace.

Norris was merchant trading with Russia and Sweden. He was a major importer of Swedish iron, and was the agent for Abraham Spooner, the largest ironmonger in the English Midlands in the 1720s and 1730s.

Norris married first Elizabeth Brookes, who died in 1718, and later Sarah Sawyer. They resided in the London suburb of Hackney. He inherited his family's sixteenth century house in Grove Street, and in 1729-30 replaced it with a three-story, five-bay Georgian-style house that was probably built by James Shephard, a London builder. This armorial service, whose arms were copied from his bookplate, was almost certainly part of its stylish furnishings.

Norris died in 1762, and his coffin plate (a plaque affixed to the lid of his coffin) was engraved with his arms impaling those of his second wife, Sarah Sawyer.
Year Range from 1755
Year Range to 1760
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector David Sanctuary Howard Collection of Armorial Porcelain Coffee Cups
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery