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Object ID 1939.016.012
Object Name Teacup
Collection Ceramics
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Charles Prevost MacArthur
Date circa 1808
Description Porcelain handleless teacup with a round foot and slightly scalloped body that flares outward toward the lip The cup is decorated on one side with a sepia roundel of a shepherdess and dog reclining in a wooded setting. On the reverse is a gilt-edged shield with the script initials "MH" for Mary Hemphill. The rim is gilded and decorated with small blue flowers.
Dimensions H-2 Dia-3.5 inches
Dimension Details Diameter at lip
Owned Mary Hemphill Jones
Provenance Part of a set that originally belonged to Mary Hemphill (1779-1834), one of the six children of William and Elizabeth Allison Hemphill. Her father entered the China trade in 1803 in partnership with Robert Ralston of Philadelphia. William Hemphill gave this china set to his daughter on the occasion of her marriage in Wilmington to Morgan Jones on November 1, 1808.
Subjects Porcelain
Tea
People Hemphill, Mary
Search Terms Porcelain
China Trade
Mary Hemphill
Teacups
Material Porcelain
Place of Origin China