A finely hand-painted Chinese export porcelain Sepia Fitzhugh oval platter with a central medallion bearing the initials RF  from a dinner service made for Rodney Fisher (1798-1863) of Philadelphia. Fisher was from one of the oldest families in Philadelphia, his direct ancestor having come to Pennsylvania with William Penn 1682. He was a prominent Philadelphia merchant and served as unofficial United States consul in Canton from 1825-1827 – presumably when this service was ordered.  This is one of several American Market services made around this time in this color Fitzhugh pattern – all exemplifying this extraordinarily detailed decoration.  Measuring 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ and in good condition.  Fisher’s life detailed in Philadelphians and the China Trade, page 185.