A very rare Chinese export porcelain oval platter of impressive size and desirable decoration, finely hand-painted in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern and centered with a large American eagle supporting a monogrammed shield and bearing in its beak a banner inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States. Part, undoubtedly, of a special order dinner service whose original owner BSP, as inscribed on the shield, remains sadly unidentified. Measuring 12 1/2″ tall x 15 1/2″, we do not think we have ever had an example of Sepia Fitzhugh this large and with an eagle of this size. Despite some kiln ash from it’s original production, this piece is in remarkably great condition with no damage or repairs, the eagle decoration intact and only minor retouch to stacking wear in the cavetto. A centerpiece for any Fitzhugh or American market collection. Circa 1820.