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Catalog Number 2008.9.272
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from a service that was most likely made for David D'Aguilar (c.1744-1790) and his wife, Rebecca Baruh Lousada (1751-1824). They married on January 31, 1771.

Both the D'Aguilars and Lousadas were prominent Sephardic Jewish families who had originated in Spain and Portugal and had fled to England in search of freedom of religion and economic opportunity. David's father, Baron Moses D'Aguilar, was a banker and merchant with strong ties to the tobacco trade. A marrano (a Jew who converted to avoid persecution) , he left Lisbon in 1722 first for London then for Vienna where he became an advisor to Empress Maria-Theresa.

David D'Aguilar died in 1790. He was recorded as living in St. Mary Axe, a neighborhood in the City of London, and his obituary recorded that "he has left no family, but an inconsolable widow."
Year Range from 1768
Year Range to 1772
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector David Sanctuary Howard Collection of Armorial Porcelain Coffee Cups
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery