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Catalog Number 2008.9.13
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup was made for Bowater Vernon and his wife, Jane Cornwallis. They married on December 11, 1722, in the Bishop's Chapel, in Fulham, London. They divided their time between Hanbury Hall, a grand country house built about 1700 in Worcestershire, that was left to Bowater in 1721 by a childless cousin, Thomas Vernon, and in a townhouse in the fashionable Mayfair section of London.

The cup, which only bears the crest of the Vernon family, is from one of two services made at the same time. The tea and coffee service bears only the Vernon crest, while the dinner service is decorated with the shield of the Cornwallis family and the crest of the Vernons. Why the arms are not impaled is unknown.

The Vernon family originally lived at a manor called Wheatcroft, which is the origin of the crest, which consists of a woman holding a sheaf of wheat. Bowater's unusual name is the maiden name of his mother.
Year Range from 1728
Year Range to 1730
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, 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 2013