• Plate
  • c. 1800
  • Anonymous
  • Chinese, for the American market
  • Qing Dynasty (1644-1911); Jiaqing Period (1796-1820)
  • Porcelain with polychrome overglaze enamel and gilt
  • Museum purchase with funds donated by Dr. and Mrs. U. X Cullum, Jr., and the Richard H. Jenrette Decorative Arts Purchase Fund
  • CMA 2008.1

This plate possesses the classic design elements of the “Fitzhugh” pattern, so named for a similarly decorated service once owned by Thomas FitzHugh, a director of the Honourable East India Company. Encircling the rim is a butterfly and trellis border with floral sprays and ‘precious objects.’ Replacing the usual “Fitzhugh” central medallion, however, is a symbol of the young Republic - an impressive eagle with outstretched wings, a ribbon clutched within its beak and emblazoned with the motto of the newly United States, E. Pluribus Unum. The eagle's breast bears a shield, painted with a blue field above red and white vertical stripes, while its talons grasp olive branches and arrows. Similar versions of this eagle service - painted with sepia, blue, or green enamels - are known to exist; and sometimes the eagle's shield bears a monogram. This particular service is associated with the noted politician, Richard Stockton (1764-1828). Son of the Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Stockton served as a Senator from New Jersey to the United States Senate from 1796-1799.

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