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Catalog Number 2008.9.180
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is part of the service probably commissioned for Sir William Ross Lockhart and his wife, whose arms are displayed accollée, a rare arrangement of coats of arms where the husband's arms are placed on the left shield and the wife's are on the right.

The arms on the right-hand shield are those of either the Aylmer or Portester families, and are almost certainly a mistake as William married Philadelphia Agnew in 1751, and following her death married Catherine Porterfield. However, in many books of heraldry, the arms of Portester follow the arms of Porterfield, so most likely Portester arms were accidently copied in place of the Porterfield arms.

William was the eldest son of Sir James Ross Lockhart and Grisel Ross. They also owned an armorial service, which was probably ordered at the same time (see cup number 2183).
Year Range from 1755
Year Range to 1760
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly 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