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Catalog Number 2008.9.85
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description The arms of the Worshipful Company of Poulters which are replete with swans, storks, and pelicans, decorate this cup.

The Poulters Company is one of the historic livery companies of London, which are trade associations set up to regulate trade and to provide charitable support for its members. The Poulters main responsibility was to regulated the sale of poultry, swans, pigeons, and small game. The Company was in existence at least by 1299, and its first charter was granted in 1504. The arms were granted in 1634.

This is one of at least two services of Chinese porcelain known bearing the Company's arms. It was probably made for a member.
Year Range from 1745
Year Range to 1750
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 2087