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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.
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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.

Status

On View, Gallery 166

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Plate

Place

China (Object made in)

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

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