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Catalog Number 2010.22.23
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is decorated with the arms of the Derby family of England. However, the arms may have also been used by the Dear family, as two punch bowls made in 1770 survive with these arms and the inscription "Edward Dear Canton Anno Domini 1770" and "Thomas Dear Canton Anno Domini 1770." It was not unknown for individuals to simply appropriate arms of another individual for their own use, and that is possibly what happened in this instance.
Year Range from 1780
Year Range to 1785
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector David S. Howard
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery