Another fine example of Chinese export porcelain for the American market, representing, once again, the very active involvement of Philadelphia in the China Trade, in particular, the Thomson family. This handsome Sepia Fitzhugh soup plate is from a service ordered by Richard Renshaw Thomson, and bears his initials. The son of prominent Philadelphia merchant Edward Thomson, Richard was in Canton acting as his father’s agent, and later became U.S. Consul to Canton from 1822-1824. He was replaced in that post by his younger brother, John Renshaw Thomson, an example of whose service we also have (see Item #4462). Measuring 10″ in diameter, and in excellent condition. Circa 1820-24.
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