Plate decorated in underglaze blue, with trellis-diaper border on the rim edged with spearheads and dumb-bells, four clusters of flowers and "precious objects" framing a central medallion containing a peony blossom encircled by alternating trellis-diaper and qilin panels bordered by band of spearheads and dumb-bells.
The border pattern on this plate is similar to the one on a c. 1780 service ordered by Thomas FitzHugh, who became a director of the Honourable East India Company in 1786. Spode copied this pattern in the early 1800s and later gave it the name 'Fitzhugh.'
The fashion for this simple border was soon supplanted in the eager export trade by a complex version of an earlier butterfly-and-diaper pattern.
Although three separate border patterns are commonly called 'Fitzhugh,' the term probably applies most accurately to the one shown here, which is identical to the only remaining dish in the possession of the FitzHugh family in England, who are descended from Thomas FitzHugh.
|Year Range from||1800|
|Year Range to||1810|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer|