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Cup

ca. 1700
Origin: China, Jingdezhen
D: 2 3/4" H: 2"
Porcelain, hard-paste
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Acc. No. T125-2013,11
Partially reconstructed cup excavated from the Hubbard Lot, 02PB–01071
Label:Ornamented on the exterior with a combination of translucent enamels, this tea or wine cup is covered with a design typically referred to as “egg and spinach.” This decoration dates to the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Not typically found on tea wares, the patchy pattern is more commonly seen on bowls, plates, and dishes or biscuit-fired figural pieces. This cup is particularly noteworthy, as the decoration is rarely found in an American context. It was excavated from a site near the home of Colonel John Chiswell, but given the destruction of records pertaining to this area of Williamsburg, it is unclear who owned the property in the earliest decades of the 18th century.