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Catalog Number 2008.9.499
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from one of up to five services made for the Le Mesurier family of England between 1780 and 1805. It is decorated with their crest, and with the initials P.M.L.M." (See cups 2309, 2337, 2426, and 2483).

Based on the initials, it could have been made for Peter Le Mesurier, Governor of Alderney, one of the Channel Islands between England and France, or for Paul Le Mesurier, Lord Mayor of London in 1793. It was most likely ordered through Captain Frederick Le Mesurier of the British East India Company, who was known to have been in Canon at least in 1787.
Year Range from 1793
Year Range to 1797
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 2484