I’m not sure where Hillary Clinton was for this interview, but I did recognize the porcelain behind her from a recent auction at Sotheby’s. A similar plate from the collection of Elinor Gordon brought $21,250 January 23.
Sotheby’s provided these details: “A relatively small number of orange ‘Fitzhugh’ dinner wares appear to survive, and of these some are a variant type with gilt monograms in place of the red stripes on the shield. Given the very close similarity in execution of the eagle and dark, almost reddish coloring of the orange enamel on the surviving pieces of the present decoration, it is quite probable that they were all made at the same time, and, given that there are a relatively small number of surviving pieces, formed originally just one service, since it seems unlikely that such expensive, and patriotic, china would have been discarded lightly, even if damaged. Mudge, 1986, p. 214, pl. 349, illustrates a ‘well and tree’ platter with identical decoration and notes that it is “associated with John R. Stockton, senator, then congressman from New Jersey.” Richard Stockton (1764-1828) was elected to the United States Senate from 1796-1799, and to Congress in 1813, serving until 1815.”
A large oval warming platter in this pattern, the property of the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York was sold in these rooms, April 4, 2007, lot 243.