Date: ca. 1785

Geography: Made in China

Culture: Chinese, for American market

Medium: Hard-paste porcelain

Dimensions: Diam. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1917

Accession Number: 17.73


This plate bears a rather whimsical Angel of Fame displaying the blue and white ribbon and emblem of the Society of the Cincinnati. Its underglaze-blue Fitzhugh border—an elaborate pattern of the late eighteenth century incorporating flowers, pomegranates, often butterflies, and other Chinese motifs—and its overglaze decoration correspond to the large group of porcelains owned by George Washington (1732–1799) and Henry Lee (1756–1818).