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Catalog Number R2000.2.1a
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description Coffee cup decorated in overglaze famille rose enamels and gold, saucer with band at the rim, central scene within a cartouche of a spotted hound and a wolf approaching a cottage, a woodland to one side and a pond to the other; cup decorated en suite.

The scene is from Aesop's Fables and depicts the story of the 'House-dog and the Wolf.' Invited by the hound to visit his master's house and enjoy a "bellyful of victuals," the wolf replies that he would rather have "a dry crust with liberty, against a king's luxury with a chain."

Although an exact original has not been found, some authorities suggest that the scene copies an illustration from the c. 1670 Francis Barlow edition of Aesop's Fables. THe same scene also appears as a border panel on various armorial services.
Year Range from 1740
Year Range to 1750
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
On View No