The design on this plate is known as the Fitzhugh pattern, which is one of the most popular underglaze blue designs. The name Fitzhugh derives from a service ordered by Captain Thomas Fitzhugh in Guangzhou in 1780. Thomas Fitzhugh was the Director of the British East India Company from 1786 to 1800.
Underglaze blue with traditional Chinese pictorial and decorative motifs always held a great appeal for Europeans. This piece reveals a combination of European and Chinese styles. The helmet shape is derived from a French silver or pewter model, while the crabstock handle was made to resemble a gnarled branch, a popular Chinese design. The name […]