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Catalog Number 2008.9.294
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description The service from which this cup was possibly made for John Toke (1738-1819). He married Margaret-Eleanor Roundell in 1762 and they had three sons and two daughters. John was High Sheriff of Kent in 1770.

The arms are charged with three greyhound heads, which were granted to John Toke (?-1513) as an honorable augmentation by Henry VII because of Toke's speedy delivery of a message to the French king.

Godington, the family's estate in the county of Kent, south-east of London, is a primarily sixteenth- and seventeenth-century mansion, to which John Toke added a stylish-Georgian style dining room for entertaining. In addition to their armorial tea set, there also exists a set of Chinese export porcelain vases with the Toke arms which probably also belonged to John Toke.
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
Credit line Gift of H.F. Lenfest and Beverly M. DuBose III
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery
Gallery ID Number 2295