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.
- China (Object made in)
- Porcelain, polychrome enamels, and gilding
- Diam.: 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.)
- Bequest of Frederick S. Colburn