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Catalog Number 2016.8.2
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description Coffee cup having a cylindrical body with a rounded bottom, raised footring, and loop handle, painted in overglaze famille rose enamels with a husk border at the inner rim, a meandering border with floral sprays at the outer rim, and a coat of arms with an eagle crest on the front opposite the handle.

This cup was made for Henry Strachey and his wife, Jane Kelsall Latham. Jane was the widow of Captain Thomas Latham, for whom an armorial porcelain service decorated with their impaled arms had been made in the 1760s. While Jane no doubt took her old armorial service to her new marriage, she and her second husband clearly wanted a new personalized service.

Henry Strachey was a British landowner and politician, working, among other posts, as secretary to Richard Howe, the head of a commission sent in 1776 to the Colonies to attempt to restore peace, and as one of the negotiators of the final peace treaty between Britain and the new United States.
Year Range from 1780
Year Range to 1785
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by Herbert G. McKay
On View No