Cup and Saucer with an Abolitionist Scene

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This cup and saucer were probably made for a Dutch anti-slavery committee. Such women’s groups sold embroidery, jewellery and chinaware for the benefit of the slaves in ‘the West’. The decoration is after a design by the English porcelain manufacturer Josiah Wedgwood, a leading supporter of the anti-slavery movement. The English abolished slavery in 1833. In Suriname and the Dutch Antilles, this took place only in 1863. Origin: ? England. Date: c 1853 – c 1863. Object ID: NG-1994-53-A.

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