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Catalog Number 2008.9.173
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup was a part of the service probably made in celebration of the marriage of Daniel Mathew and Mary Byam in 1755.

The Byam family was from Antigua in the Caribbean, and "were amongst the wealthiest planters on the island, holding 366 acres in St John's Parish, worked by 132 slaves."

Daniel Mathew was the grandson of William Mathew and Catherine, Baroness Van Leemput. Since Catherine was a heraldic heiress, her children quartered the Van Leemput family arms with those of the Mathew family.
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 2175