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Catalog Number 2008.9.314
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup belongs to the first of two services made for the Troutbeck Family of England.

An individual's coat of arms is made up of a combination of different elements that are specific to that person. By correctly identifying the elements, their arrangement, and their colors, you can identify the bearer of a coat of arms. Making a mistake, like using the wrong color, is like misspelling someone's name, and can lead to confusion or misidentification.

This cup was made for a now- unknown member of the Troutbeck family. Unfortunately for the original owner, a mistake was made . The shield should be blue (known as azure), but someone misunderstood or lost the instructions and the shield was painted red (known as gules).

These types of mistakes are rare, but not unknown. In some cases the individuals simply accepted the imperfect decoration, but the Troutbecks did not. They ordered another service with the correct color (See cup number 2350).

The main element on the shield are three trout - a pun on the name Troutbeck. Puns are common in coats of arms, and are meant to hint at the family name.
Year Range from 1770
Year Range to 1775
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, 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 3007, 2314