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Catalog Number R1967.1.241
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description Coffee cup decorated en grisaille and in sepia and gold, with border of dots and linked ovals edged by a cell-diaper band and wavy lines at the rim, central design within a diaper-framed medallion of a spade-shaped shield surmounted by an eagle and flanked by knotted branches of laurel and pine, narrow band at the foot.

Although the eagle is presented as a crest, the medallion and shield are reminiscent of the Great Seal of the United States. The central design was possibly inspired in part by the c. 1794-1796 tea service made for Henry Smith, which exhibits the most accurate representation of the Great Seal. Elements of the design are also found on a c. 1795 bowl displaying the arms of the State of Pennsylvania.
Year Range from 1800
Year Range to 1810
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Euchlin and Louise Herreshoff Reeves (R1967.1)
On View No