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Catalog Number 2008.9.355
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from a service made for John Wodehouse (1741-1834) and his wife Sophia Berkeley (?-1825).

John Wodehouse was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. Like most members of the aristocracy, he completed his education by going on the Grand Tour to Italy. While in Rome in 1764, he had his portrait painted by Pompeo Batoni, an artist popular with British tourists.

He succeeded to the title of 6th Baronet Wodehouse in 1777. He was active in politics, serving as the Recorder of the city of Falmouth, and as a member of Parliament for Norfolk between 1784 and 1797. For his Parliamentary service, he was elevated to 1st Baron Wodehouse of Kimberley, Norfolk, in 1797.

John and Sophia, the daughter and heir of the Honorable Charles Berkeley and Frances West, married on March 30, 1769. They had five children. They lived at Kimberley Hall, the Wodehouse family seat in Norfolk, which had been built in 1712 by John Wodehouse's grandfather. John Wodehouse remodeled the house in the 1770s, adding stylish, up-to-date interiors in the style of Robert Adam.

John was one of three brothers, each of whom ordered an armorial service, probably at the same time and through the same source (see 2357).

The author, P.G. Wodehouse, is a descendant of Sir John Wodehouse.
Year Range from 1780
Year Range to 1784
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, 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