Platter, late 18th-early 19th century
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Oriental export porcelain oval platter with underglaze blue ornament consisting of a central medallion surrounded by four separate floral quadrants. The rim of the platter has a four-paneled-diamond diapered pattern against a lighter blue ground.

Variants of this pattern, commonly called the "fitzhugh" pattern, became popular in Great Britain at the end of the 18th century. Similar pieces with known and documented Philadelphia histories date to the end of the 18th century into the first quarter of the 19th century.

Connection to Franklin
Owned in Franklin's family; possibly used by Sarah Franklin Bache Terms of Use Credits