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Catalog Number R1998.12.1
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description Coffee cup decorated in polychrome enamels and gold on a black ground, with bands of diamonds quatrefoil florets, and spearheads at teh rim, individual florets on the terminals of the handle, a single figure on opposite sides dressed in a tunic and sandals, one blowing a trumpet and the other playing a horn, border of spearheads at the foot-ring and on the inferior rim.

Known as the 'Trumpeter,' this unusual decoration is attributed by some aithorities to an undocumented design by Cornelis Pronk. Although the attribution remains speculative, the original source for teh decoration is certainly European. Krahl and Harrison-Hall suggest that the depiction of individual figures silhouetted against a black background is reminiscent of the manner in which certain Italian porcelain designs imitate the figural representations on classical Greek vases.
Year Range from 1735
Year Range to 1745
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
On View No