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Pair of Fitzhugh Pattern Fruit Coolers
So these recently were up for sale near me and I got them. One is missing its lid and the other has a piece of the lid missing, thought it is current;y getting repaired. My question is has anyone seen a Fitzhugh pattern one of these before? I have found others, mostly earlier c.1770-90s, I suspect ~1810-30 for these, but I have not found them in this pattern.
Just figured I'd ask.
I can't help, but I had to stop and say how attractive they are. 😊
I thought they were stunning myself. I figured when I saw them if the lid was not saveable they would look great with roses in them.
I've checked my books and online resources - I haven't found any other comp. Very cool find, and very attractive pair, Jeremy 🙂
Thanks for looking. I honestly love the Fitzhugh pattern, a friend of mine has a massive dinner service that has been in their family since purchase and it just blows me away seeing it fully dressing a table.
A lovely find. The decoration is typical for jars, jugs, cups etc. and is a bit different than the pattern on the plates. „Schiffer: Chinese Export Porcelain“ has a few similar examples but they don’t give a date. I think it’s from the same time as the plates. The pattern depends on the form it was used on.
Nice reference, Birgit. I forgot to check that book - had to dig to find it! I haven't touched it in a while. Looks like there were three parts to this form.
Attaching a photo of the write-up. No wonder I haven't seen it before, it's "exceedingly rare."
Thank you. You can definitely see it across the form. I may have a teensy obsession.
Could you show a close-up of the pseudo-armorial monogram? I love those and enjoy the hunt of finding who it may have been made for.
Found this one too in another book. Looks like I didn't look carefully enough. This one is related to an individual, Benjamin Chew Wilcocks, who helped start the American opium trade in China... He arrived in Canton in 1807, and served as American consul between 1813 and 1822, and stayed in Canton until 1827 because he couldn't afford to leave due to debt.
So that piece could be dated between 1807 to 1827. I'd say a similar dating for yours.
Here ya go.
I always wonder about these.
They were from the estate of Roberta Wright McCain, which sold last april, but these didn't end up in the sate, probably because of the cracks, or so I was told.
I believe it is JHC.
Well, Jeremy, I wasn't able to find any helpful info on the monogram - but it was a fun search. You have a very nice collection 😀
On the fruit cooler, I was able to narrow it down further. It turns out the pseudo-armorial one I provided in my last photo arrived in America from Canton on March 26, 1819. Since the only other known patterns of this form are the highest quality Canton, Nanking, and Fitzhugh, it would be my best guess to say that the majority would date to a very small time frame around 1818 (+/- 5yrs), including yours.
Thanks for looking John, you are very good at this research, or more diligent then I. I must say you have accumulated some good books too.
I wish these were for collecting, but I always buy to sell for the most part, actually just sold a set of six fitzhugh bowls to a customer at the shop ten minutes after I bought them, seems to be a popular pattern. Personally I think it is more elegant that the Oriental blue and whites, kind of modern in its design...lol.
I wish though, that I could keep every piece. 😉
The coolers seem quite uncommon, so I hope the restoration of the lid goes well. perhaps if it sells for enough I will keep the other one.
They're big and beautiful! Very impressive! As a blue & white export collector myself I understand your appreciation for the quality and meticulous detail seen here. Amazing!
Thank you, Jeremy, for your very kind words! I find the China trade research very enjoyable. I hope to one day write my own book that focuses on the history of the China trade with each western country, illustrating pieces from my collection wherever it fits... I would like to be a scholar in this field in the future.
I can't wait for some of the books I have coming in, too! Even if my library is growing, I think my PDF library is growing faster, though. I've started downloading pdfs from my school library of journal articles on the China trade, while I still have access. 😎 My collection priority right now is definitely my library.
I really need to visit the store sometime in the near future. I'm starting to look into silver more (I think I remember you mentioned Frank specializes in silver) and would like to eventually have a side-by-side for some of my pieces modelled after silver. It's a shame we haven't been able to meet up yet.
Since you're selling these ice cream/fruit coolers, would you like a small write-up on it that you could include with it? I'll put in my references for any prospective buyer if you'd like. Maybe it'll add a premium. Fitzhugh is certainly one of my favorite standard patterns for export, although I don't own a piece (yet). Even run-of-the-mill Fitzhugh is such high quality, but when you look at the higher end of that? Mind-boggling. Like yours and this one for example. Polly has the rainbow of Fitzhugh on offer: https://pollylatham.com/very-fine-raspberry-fitzhugh-7-1-2-plate-7306/
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