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Catalog Number 2008.9.12
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from one of five services made for one of two brothers, Christopher or Thomas Tower.

Christopher Tower (1692-1771), the older brother, inherited the family estate of Huntsmore Park in Buckinghamshire. He served as a Joint Auditor of His Majesty's Revenue and as a Member of Parliament from 1727 to 1742. In 1719 he married Jane Proctor. They had two daughters, and she died in 1739. In 1746 he married Jane Tash. They had a daughter and a son.

Thomas Tower (?-1778), the younger brother, was also a Joint Auditor of His Majesty's Revenue, a Member of Parliament, and Sheriff for the county of Essex. He was a barrister, serving in the Inner Temple, in London. He also served as a trustee of the colony of Georgia, where he was reported to be an active member who advised the trustees on legal matters.

Thomas never married, and lived at Weald Hall, in Essex. The house had been acquired by his father; he made several additions, including a dining room designed by the neoclassical architect Robert Adam.

Extraordinarily, the original order for the porcelain survives. It includes a painting of the arms themselves, and a listing of what was desired, including "2 Setts Enameld Ware for a Tea Table w. the Crest on the side of each pc."
Year Range from 1728
Year Range to 1730
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, 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 2012