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Catalog Number 2008.9.308
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is part of a service most likely made for John Jarrett, who married Sarah Reid of Jamaica in 1775. The Jarrett family was almost certainly involved in West India Trade, for three generations for Jarretts married into families living in Jamaica.

John married Sarah Reid around 1770, at the age of 24. While it is not known where they met and married, by 1782 they were living in Jamaica; in that year John was a vestryman for the parish of Trelawny, Jamaica. They remained in Jamaica until 1790, where it is recorded that they bought Freemantle Park near Southampton, Hampshire, England.

The Jarrett family spent large sums of money furnishing Freemantle Park. They entertained important guests such as the Prince Regent and the family was considered to be warm and hospitable. But, their extravagant lifestyle negatively impacted their finances and it was found upon John's death that his estates were heavily mortgaged.
Year Range from 1773
Year Range to 1777
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 2308