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THE BRITISH INTERIOR
21 - 22 January 1998
New York, Park Avenue
A RARE ORDER OF THE CINCINNATI PLATE
A hovering angel blowing her trumpet suspends the Order of the Cincinnati, within a molded scalloped rim decorated in underglaze blue with a Fitzhugh type border
9.5/8in. (24.4cm.) diam.
From the famed service purchased by Colonel 'Light-Horse Harry' Lee for George Washington in New York in 1786, 66 pieces of which are at the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. The insignia of the Cincinnati Society (founded in 1783 at the suggestion of Major General Henry Knox, inspired by the Roman farmer turned patriot/soldier Cincinnatus) was a popular with the leaders of the new Republic, the orders having been organized by Major Samuel Shaw, supercargo on the Empress of China and former aide-de-camp to General Knox. See D.S. Howard and J.S. Ayers, op. cit., pp. 489-91 and A. Palmer, A Winterthur Guide to Chinese Export Porcelain, p. 133
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