One of the rarest colors in the Fitzhugh palette, this Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ plate is hand-painted in the very detailed classic Fitzhugh pattern with peony, butterflies, and antique objects incorporated into its complex design. The pattern, created in the later 18th century, proved popular and went through a number of colorways – this one is one of the rarest as yellow was a very expensive and difficult enamel to fire.  Restored.  First half of the 19th century.