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Catalog Number 2008.9.157
Object Name Cup, Coffee
Description This cup contains the arms of either the French family of Pershore in Worcestershire, England or the French family of Belturbet in County Cavan, Ireland.

The motto found in their arms, malo mori quam foedari, means "I prefer to die than to be dishonoured," and appears to have been a fairly common motto, especially amongst the Irish.
Year Range from 1755
Year Range to 1760
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), 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 2158