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Catalog Number 2008.9.184
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is decorated with the arms of Stewart. The cup belongs to one of five services made for the family between 1730 and 1765.

The service was possibly made for Captain Gabriel Steward of Dorset (1731-1792). Steward, who may or may not have been related to the Stewart whose arms adorn the service, worked for the Honourable East India Company, and according to his testimony, served "in several situations, some of them of considerable rank in India, during fifteen years." He traveled to China in 1763 and 1766.

Steward retired to England in the late 1770s, and served as a Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis between 1778 and 1790. In 1779 he also assumed the position of paymaster of the marines. In speaking of his work in India in the third person, he reported that "He could not accuse himself of having ever been guilty of the smallest peculation; but he had much rather have a charge of that kind established against him, than of having ever committed oppression tyranny, or injustice on any of the natives…He declared his approbation of a judicature so constituted as that about to take place if the bill passed."
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