Plate

Porcelain plate with a scalloped rim and a blue band decorated with a central enameled image of an eagle and a colorful winged figure holding a horn.
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  • Porcelain plate with a scalloped rim and a blue band decorated with a central enameled image of an eagle and a colorful winged figure holding a horn.

Date:

c. 1785

Artist:

China (for the American market)

About this artwork

The center of this plate depicts a fanciful figure of Fame with the emblem of the Society of the Cincinnati, a group founded in the wake of the American Revolution to preserve rights and liberties. Originally enhanced with gilt decoration, the blue-and-white underglaze border, known as the Fitzhugh pattern, incorporates flowers, butterflies, and Chinese decorative motifs. George Washington, the society’s first president, and Colonel Henry Lee, a Revolutionary War cavalry officer, both owned extensive dinner services in this pattern.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 166

Title

Plate

Origin

China

Date

1780–1790

Medium

Porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding

Dimensions

Diam. 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Frederick S. Colburn

Reference Number

1958.224

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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