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Catalog Number 2008.9.295
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from one of three armorial services made for Samuel and Sarah Hallowell Vaughan. Vaughan was an English merchant who owned estates in England, North America, and Jamaica. In 1747 he married Sarah Hallowell of Boston. Their bookplate with their impaled arms was engraved soon thereafter, and served as a model for their armorial porcelain.

The Vaughans were supporters of American Independence, and in 1783 they moved Philadelphia, the nation's new capital. They quickly became important members of Philadelphia society; they were friends with Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, Samuel was a member of the American Philosophical Society, and as an amateur gardener he designed the public gardens behind the Philadelphia State House (Independence Hall). The Vaughans were also patrons of the arts, commissioning a portrait of Washington by Gilbert Stuart (the so-called "Vaughan Portrait").
Year Range from 1768
Year Range to 1772
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, 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