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Catalog Number R1997.5.1.1ab
Object Name Cup, Covered
Description Pot-de-creme cup ad 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
On View No