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Catalog Number 2008.9.11
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup is from a service made for one of three brothers, Richard, Samuel, or Matthew Skinner.

Samuel was a captain for the British East India Company, and was reported to have been killed by the pirate Angrea in 1731. Angrea, or Konhoji Angria was a renegade Maratha admiral who attacked English ships on the west coast of India. Though Konhoji Angria himself died in 1729, his sons continued to harass the English until they were finally defeated in 1756.

Richard Skinner was a London merchant and the third brother Matthew was a barrister who held several prominent positions, including serving as one of four common pleaders in the lord mayor's court in London, recorder of the city of Oxford (a barrister appointed as a part-time judge), serjeant-at-law (an organization of barristers who argued before the Court of Common Pleas and supplied the judges for both Common Pleas and the Court of the King's Bench), and Chief Justice of the city of Chester. He was knighted in 1735, and served as the member of parliament for Oxford.

Regardless of which brother the service was made for, it was most likely procured by Samuel.
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 2011