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Catalog Number 2008.9.431
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from a service made for a member of the Lane family of England. Several members of the family were involved in the China Trade and could have commissioned the service. One possibility is Henry Lane, a supercargo, or merchant, active in Canton in the 1780s. In 1788 he was accused of dealing in opium, which was illegal but commonly smuggled into China by merchants. He was acquitted of the charges. Another possibility is Thomas Lane, who was managing-owner of ten vessels that sailed to China between 1762 and 1794.
Year Range from 1788
Year Range to 1792
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