GREEN FITZHUGH DRAINER--MAZZARIN
Circa 1820-1840 Rare Chinese Export Green Fitzhugh Oval Drainer with a family crest that more than likely was a part of a complete set of green fitzhugh which would have been ordered from China in the Early 1800's. This piece was used to set inside of a meat platter, custom fitted to place a roast and let the juices drain through the holes into the underneath platter. This drainer measures 12 1/4" X 9 1/2". The two round decorations on each side of the middle opening was apparently the family's initial inside the gold circle. More than likely every item in the original set would have had this symbol. We can not fully make out this initial 100% correctly. We have another listing on Go Antiques which is a green fitzhugh plate with the american eagle in the center of the plate which appears to have a initial of A.C. That listing has quite a bit of information which are excerpts from a article that states among other things that Thomas Fitzhugh was a Director of the British East India Company and spent considerable time in Canton, in China between 1787-1800. He had ordered a dinner service in this pattern that now bears his name and that plate dates Circa 1790.
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