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Catalog Number R1997.5.1.1ab
Object Name Cup, Covered
Description Pot-de-creme cup and cover having a bulbous body on a raised footring; an intertwined strap handle; and a low, domed cover with a fruit-shaped knob; decorated in underglaze blue in the Nanking pattern consisting of a latticework and fringe border at the edge of the cover and a Chinese landscape scene around the body.

On the underside is painted in red a Mount Vernon loan number, W2786-L-3a,b

This cup has a history of having belonged to Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee (1808-1873), the wife of Robert E. Lee and great-granddaughter of Martha Custis Washington. According to the donor, the family history records that the cup comes from a service that was probably used at Arlington before Civil War and at Washington College while Lee was President.
Year Range from 1830
Year Range to 1870
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Anonymous Gift
On View No