Comprising an example with the arms of Hinton with gilt snake crest; the second with the arms of the Worshipful Company of Coopers, having established its charter of incorporation in 1501, above the motto 'LOVE AS BRETHREN'; and including a set of three with Wodehouse with Nourse in pretence, below the motto 'FRAPPE FORTE'; together witha Samson armorial mug with floral sprays and the arms of Skinner
614 in. (15.8 cm.) high, the largest
With A.J. Broder, New Jersey (the first).
Anonymous sale; Doyle's, New York, 19 May 2010, lot 276 (the third).
With Bruce Perkins, Washington, D.C. (the set of three).
E. A. Eckenhoff, Chinese Export Porcelain Antique Tankard, The Eckenhoff Collection, 2011, pgs. 36 (the Hinton example) and 51 (the Widehouse with Norse in pretense examples).
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The Swedish East Indiaman, 'Gustaf Adolph', did not make it to Canton in the winter of 1784-85, but had to sit out the storms of the South China Sea in the Yalong Bay of Hainan Island, south of Macao, until she could sail again at the end of April. A very small group of mugs commemorating this experience are known, one in the Nordiska Museet, Stockholm. See Kee Il Choi, 'A Chinese Export Painting as China Trade History', Orientations magazine, April 2003.
Edward Eckenhoff grew up in a collecting family, and after he and his wife, Judi, were married, they began to acquire good quality American furniture. Chinese export was a perfect corollary. In time, Ed became fascinated with the quality and rarity of Chinese export porcelain mugs and decided to focus on this singular category, which would allow him to build a strong, representative collection of objects that were not only beautiful but that also told the many stories of the China trade.
Beer, ale and cider-drinking was extremely common in the 18th century, viewed as nutritious alternatives to water. Chinese porcelain mugs were drinking vessels for the elite, often ordered in sets of three. Special orders included those for guilds, livery companies, public houses and, of course, armigerous families.

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