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Catalog Number 2008.9.259
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from a service made for the London lawyer Samuel Salt (?-1792).

Born in Staffordshire, he studied law in London and was called to the bar in 1753. He worked at the Inner Temple, a professional association for lawyers and judges. He rose in the ranks of the Inner Temple, being raised to the bench in 1782, becoming a reader in 1787, and its treasurer in 1788.

In the words of his friend, Charles Lamb, he had, "the reputation of being a very clever man, and of excellent discernment in the chamber practice of the law. I suspect his knowledge did not amount to much… It was incredible what repute for talents Salt enjoyed by the mere trick of gravity."

In addition to his law practice, Salt also served as member of Parliament and as a director of the South Sea Company. Salt's law clerk was the father of the nineteenth-century author Charles Lamb, and Salt helped Lamb obtain a job at the South Sea Company.

Salt owned two services of armorial porcelain. In addition to decorating his porcelain, his coat of arms also decorated a panel in the Great Hall of the Inner Temple.
Year Range from 1763
Year Range to 1767
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 2266