|Object Name||Cup, Coffee|
This cup is from a service made for the London merchant John Hanbury (1700-58) and his wife Anna Osgood.
Based in London, Hanbury was the leading Quaker merchant trading with North America in the mid-eighteenth century. He started as a tobacco merchant trading in Virginia in the 1720s, and by 1747 was listed as the leading tobacco importer in London. Over the 1740s and 1750s his investments grew, as he came to own tobacco plantations in Virginia and Maryland and was a partner in the Ohio Company of Virginia.
As a Quaker, Hanbury often was in conflict with his faith; he armed his vessels during the Seven Years War, which most pacifist Quakers opposed. Hanbury was also at least a tacit supporter of the institution of slavery, considering that tobacco cultivation was dependant on enslaved African labor, and this also was beginning to be opposed by Quakers. Hanbury was instrumental in negotiating a compromise between the British government and the Pennsylvania Legislature, which allowed Quaker pacifists in the legislature to voluntarily withdraw from government during the Seven Years War so that the legislature could vote funds to support military activities in the colony.
|Year Range from||1735|
|Year Range to||1740|
|Material||Hard Paste Porcelain|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Collector||David Sanctuary Howard Collection of Armorial Porcelain Coffee Cups|
|On View||Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery|