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Catalog Number 2008.9.114
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Title Coffee Cup
Description This cup is from a service made for Admiral Francis Holburne (1704-1771).

Holburne made in his career in the British Navy, which in the eighteenth century was the largest and most powerful in the world. He entered the navy as a young man in 1720, and by 1739 had risen to become a captain. He served in the Caribbean and in Canada during the Seven Years War (1756-1763), and as commander of the Portsmouth Naval Yard. He was made an Admiral of the Blue in 1767 and an Admiral of the White in 1770 (both senior ranks in the British navy). He also served as one of the Lords of the Admiralty from 1770 until 1771. In 1771 he retired, becoming governor of Greenwich Hospital, a naval hospital and retirement home near London.

About 1750 he met and married Frances Ball Lascalles, the widow of the collector of customs in Barbados. They had one son, Francis, who inherited his grandfather's baronetcy in 1772.
Year Range from 1750
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly 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 2116