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Catalog Number 2008.9.530
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This elaborately decorated cup comes from a service made for Sir Alexander Seton (1772-1810), an employee of the British East India Company. He married Lydia Blunt in 1795.

This cup is unusual in that the arms, which are usually prominently displayed on the front of side of the cup, are quite discretely placed under the handle. This was probably done so as not to interrupt the elaborate Chinese-style decoration. The elaborate gilded ground and panels containing Chinese figures is known as palaceware because of its rich decoration and its scenes of Chinese nobility.
Year Range from 1798
Year Range to 1802
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 2506