Date: early 19th century
Culture: Chinese, for American market
Medium: Hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions: Overall (with cover): 10 3/4 × 9 3/4 × 14 in. (27.3 × 24.8 × 35.6 cm)
Credit Line: Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Gift of Winfield Foundation, 1951
Accession Number: 51.86.334a, b
This is one of the more striking porcelains to emerge from the American trade with China. The four quadrants of the so-called Fitzhugh pattern of leaves and flowers, rendered in brilliant green enamels, serve to contrast with and accentuate the large spread eagle clutching an olive branch and a bundle of arrows in its talons. Such porcelains often feature the shield of the United States in the center of the eagle's body, yet here the shield encloses a monogram or initials—in this case an M—that would have been painted on site in Canton per instructions given by the purchaser.