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Catalog Number 2008.9.151
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is decorated with the arms of the Clifford family of Frampton, England. Curiously, when this cup was made in the mid-eighteenth century, there was no one who was actually entitled to bear these arms; John Clifford, the last male member of the family, had died in 1684.

Though John had no sons to carry on the family name, he did have at least one daughter, Mary. She married Nathaniel Clutterbuck, and their descendants quartered the Clifford arms with the Clutterbuck arms. Mary Clifford's great-great grandson, Nathaniel Winchcombe, revived the Clifford name and arms in 1801, but between his great-great-great grandfather's death in 1684 and 1801 no one should have been using these arms. Therefore, it is likely that the family kept alive the memory of their Clifford ancestors by commissioning objects decorated with their arms.
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
Credit line Gift of H.F. Lenfest and Beverly M. DuBose III
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery
Gallery ID Number 2152