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Catalog Number R1967.1.10
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description Coffee cup decorated in polychrome enamels and gold, with leaf-scroll border on a patterned band at the rim, central design of a plinth faced with a floral spray and surmounted by a dove holding a sprig in its beak, flanked on one side by a ship flying the Union Jack and on the other by a greenery-wrapped column displaying Masonic symbols, banderole above with the motto IN CREDO, flowers and shrubs below.

Versions of this decoration are known on porcelain made for the American, English, Dutch, and Danish markets. Most of the documented pieces display a monogram on the plinth in place of the floral spray, and some pieces omit the Masonic symbols.

Although various pieces with this design date to the last quarter of the eighteenth century, the cup in the Reeves Center collection displays the 'new' Union Jack authorized in 1801.
Year Range from 1800
Year Range to 1810
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer
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