A rather rare Chinese export porcelain plate made for the American market, decorated with a central motif of an American eagle, supporting  a striped shield and bearing the laurel branch of peace and the arrows of war, a banner in his beak inscribed E Pluribus Unum, under fifteen stars within a cloud border, all encircled within a finely rendered sepia vine border on a peach-colored ground. As well as being a very handsome piece of  its own, this generously sized dinner plate of 10″ is from a service made for John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) a statesman and political theorist from South Carolina, and the seventh Vice-President of the United States from 1825-1832-from which period this piece most likely dates. One chip and three small lines restored, otherwise good condition, and a great version of an American eagle.