Partial dinner service
Custom-decorated Chinese export dinner services like this were made from porcelain blanks produced in inland China at Jingdezhen and shipped to Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton, the center of the export trade, where the most fashionable and marketable western designs were added by specialized Chinese tradesmen.
DESIGN: The name Fitzhugh is commonly given to similar patterns with the butterfly motif on the rim. Fitzhugh was a merchant family in England who traded in Canton starting in 1703 and continuing through the eighteenth century. The name is more frequently used in America than England. Fitzhugh family accounts show a large trade in “Chinaware” and the boxes in which it was shipped were marked “T. FITZHUGH.”
CREST: The crest is that of the Manigault family. The Indian on the crest design is supposed to represent an American Indian. The bookplate, however, was designed and engraved by Samuel Clayton, an Englishman in Australia, and the figure more closely resembles an Australian aborigine.