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Catalog Number 2008.9.82
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description The cup was made for a Mr. Motteux and Ms. Babcock, though no union between members of these two families has been identified.

It is tempting to think that that the Mr. Motteux whose arms decorate this cup was Peter Anthony Motteux, a Huguenot "China Man," or merchant who specialized in selling Asian goods. His shop was conveniently located in Ledenhall Street in London, near the headquarters of the Honourable East India Company.
Year Range from 1745
Year Range to 1750
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly 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 2084