A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern and with an American/ Southern connection.  From a service made for Gabriel Henry Manigault (1789-1834) of South Carolina. Each plate centered with a monogrammed roundel with Latin inscription and surmounted by a Native American crest.  The motto translated means “It is better to anticipate rather than avenge”.  The service is one of two ordered by Henry’s brother Charles Izard Manigault who was in the Far East between 1817 and 1823. Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 56 and 61.  Some restoration.  Circa 1820.