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President Hayes Begins the Tradition of the White House Easter Egg Roll

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 @ 10:15 AM

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THE ANNUAL WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL

To anyone alive today, the annual White House Easter egg roll has been happening “forever.” That’s because none of us can remember back as far as 1878, when the White House South Lawn first hosted the event, at the invitation of then-President Rutherford B. Hayes. After all, that was 141 years ago.

The Easter egg roll itself is even older, having gotten its start at the Capitol. The Monday after Easter, kids and their families from around Washington, DC would gather and the children would roll decorated hard-boiled eggs down the grassy hill using spoons to guide their eggs in the race. The event was hard on the grass, however, so some evidently fun-averse legislators pushed through the Turf Protection Act in 1876. It was signed into law by President Ulysses Grant.

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RARE ULYSSESS S. GRANT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA FISH PLATE. ALSO, AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 1879 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA DINNER PLATE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION.

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And that was the end of the official Washington, DC Easter egg roll. Temporarily. Accounts vary about exactly what transpired next, but two years later, either a group of children descended on the White House asking to hold the egg roll there, or President Hayes invited the event to the White House. Regardless, the President was all in, as they say, the gates were opened, and the Easter egg roll became an official White House event.

Today, it is the largest annual public event held at the White House, with some 37,000 people attending last year. Because of its popularity, attendance is now limited -- determined by an online lottery -- but tickets remain free for participants and families.

Over the years, various Presidents and First Ladies have added their own touches to the Easter egg roll. Grover Cleveland started a tradition of inviting some young egg rollers into the East Room for a personal meeting. Benjamin Harrison added the United States Marine Band, and in more recent years numerous well-known artists have been invited to perform. First Lady Pat Nixon introduced the Easter Bunny himself, when one of her staffers donned a bunny suit to shake hands with those entering the gates.

The event has gone dark on some occasions over the years, notably during World Wars I and II. In 1918, the event was cancelled because the District of Columbia food administrator determined it was an unacceptable waste of valuable eggs during a time of food rationing. And the event was off the schedule from 1943 through 1952, due to war itself, post-war conservation efforts, and then construction on the Executive Mansion itself. Accordingly, this two-year White House construction put the South Lawn off limits.

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WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL IN 1898 SHOWS BLACK AND WHITE CHILDREN ENJOYING THE EVENT TOGETHER - IT IS LIKELY THAT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAD COULD BE A SON OF ONE OF THE WHITE HOUSE PERMANENT STAFFERS

According to Smithsonian Magazine, White House archives include an 1898 photo showing black and white children participating together in the event. The article quotes Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House: “Permitting black children to integrate with white children on the White House premises one day a year was acceptable, even though such mingling was illegal in many places throughout the South at the time, including libraries and schools.” Also, it is likely that the African-American lad could be a son of one of the White House permanent staffers.

At some point, though, integrated White House egg rolls went by the wayside -- until 1953, when Mamie Eisenhower noticed black children watching the event from outside the fence. The next year, she made sure black children were welcomed to participate again.

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RONALD & NANCY REAGAN HAD THEIR FAMOUS FRIENDS SIGN WOODEN EASTER EGGS DURING THEIR TIME IN THE WHITE HOUSE, AND WOODEN EGGS HAVE BEEN THE NORM EVER SINCE

First Ladies Betty Ford and Roslyn Carter changed things up as well, handing out plastic eggs that contained personal notes from each of them. Continuing that theme, President and Nancy Reagan handed out wooden eggs instead, each inscribed as a memento of the event and signed by a famous person. Similar wooden eggs are still given to all children 12 and younger as they leave the event. Who knows? Receiving that keepsake wooden egg may inspire some of those youngsters to become collectors of presidential memorabilia, perhaps even Official White House China.

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Distinguished historian and collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce and rare pieces of Official White House China. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for nearly 40 years. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China and Presidential China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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Two Stunning Presidential Pieces Could Be Yours

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Mar 05, 2019 @ 10:47 AM

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STUNNING OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA PLATES FOR SALE FROM THE ULYSSES S. GRANT AND BILL CLINTON COLLECTIONS - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Sometimes Raleigh DeGeer Amyx winds up with duplicate pieces in his Official White House China collection. And, when that happens, sometimes he is willing to part with one of those pieces. That is now the case with two elegant plates, which Mr. Amyx is offering for sale.

Both plates are historic, of course, because they were owned and used by American Presidents. Beyond that fact, they couldn’t be more different. Each plate is uniquely beautiful, with its own story to tell. One is very old, the other much more recent. Let’s learn more about them.

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TRULY UNIQUE 1879 ULYSSES S. GRANT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA FISH PLATE FOR SALE

GRANT FISH PLATE
There is no question that the colorful plates Ulysses and Julia Grant purchased on a European trip are intended for fish. The set included just 24 plates measuring 8 ½” in diameter, plus two serving plates. They are Chinese porcelain, which was immensely popular at the time – 1879 – still considered to be the world’s finest porcelain. Each piece is exquisitely hand painted, with a band of flowers and butterflies framed with thin gold bands and, in the center with a stunning large fish.

The Grant Fish Plate is available for $5,000.

PG. 109 CLINTON 10.5 IN. PLATE 22073

ELEGANT BILL CLINTON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA DINNER PLATE FOR SALE

CLINTON DINNER PLATE
The porcelain commissioned by Bill and Hillary Clinton has extra presidential cachet because this china commemorates the 200th anniversary of the White House. The Clintons barely got to use the service, since it did not arrive until late in 2000, at the very end of Bill Clinton’s second term. Nonetheless, Hillary Clinton played a key role in designing this unusual collection. Because the china honors the White House itself, it seemed only fitting to her that the pieces among the collection depict the Executive Mansion.

All the pieces have the same general look – white background with a wide yellow band outlined on the inside and around the rim with narrower, patterned gold bands. However, each type of plate has a different pattern in white on the yellow band – each pattern reflecting an architectural element within one of the mansion’s formal rooms.

The Clinton dinner plate, which is for sale, has a unique ornate design. The dinner, dessert, and service plates in this collection are further distinguished in that they bear a portrait of the north front of the White House at 12 o’clock on the yellow band. White House China typically carries a version of the Presidential Seal in this position. The dinner plate also has added value compared to other Clinton White House China, because of its unique decoration and historic significance, and because the plate is larger in diameter (10.5 inches) than dinner plates in most other Presidential china collections.

The Clinton Dinner Plate is available for $5,000.

Note: All Clinton pieces that bear the 12 o'clock White House symbol are always priced more expensively than the remaining Clinton pieces that do not have such a symbol at the 12 o'clock position. Thus, the three highest priced Clinton pieces are the Service Plate, Dinner Plate, and Dessert Plate.

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RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - IMPOSING HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR

Distinguished historian and collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce or rare pieces of Official White House China. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for nearly 40 years. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China and Presidential China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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The well Documented History of Andrew Jackson's Rare Decanter

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 @ 10:28 AM

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THE IMPRESSIVE ANDREW JACKSON 12 7/8" FULL LENGTH HAND-CUT WINE DECANTER - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Just because a decanter serves a functional purpose doesn’t mean it can’t be exceptionally lovely too. Ever since the introduction of the glass decanter -- around 1700, created so British wine drinkers could see and remove the sediment in their unfiltered French and Italian red wines – glassblowers and artists have felt the urge to decorate these vessels. But it’s hard to imagine any more beautiful result than the Andrew Jackson cut crystal wine decanter that resides in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

Anyone familiar with Official White House China knows that Mr. Amyx is one of the nation’s premier collectors of this unique and historic porcelain memorabilia. Through the years, he has indeed focused on porcelain – exceptional examples of the plates, bowls, and serving pieces commissioned and used by America’s Presidents. Occasionally, however, a rare non-porcelain opportunity presents itself.

Jackson Official White House China crystal decanter

A CLOSE-UP OF THE ARTISTICALLY HAND-CUT SEAL AS ACCOMPLISHED BY SKILLED ARTISTS WITH THE BAKEWELL & PAGE COMPANY IN 1829
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When Andrew Jackson took office as our 7th President in 1829, he determined there was no need to order new official china to use for state dinners. But he did commission a 435-piece service of custom-designed crystal glassware, including water bottles and water glasses, celery vases, wine glasses, and wine decanters. The order was placed with the Bakewell & Page Company of Pittsburgh.

In the 1900s, Pittsburgh was considered the epicenter of American glassmaking, thanks in large part to Benjamin Bakewell, who started making luxury engraved glassware shortly after the turn of the century. His company also produced a collection of glassware for President James Monroe in 1817.

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GENERAL ANDREW JACKSON (1767-1845)
OUR 7TH PRESIDENT (1829-1837)

The pieces commissioned by Andrew Jackson were all hand-blown, hand-cut, and hand-engraved. They featured a circlet of grape vines and a depiction of the Presidential Seal. Interestingly, the federal eagle that forms the centerpiece of this official seal breaks with tradition. Usually, the eagle is shown holding arrows in its left talons and an olive branch on the right, symbolizing the balance between power and peace. However, on the Jackson glassware, the eagle holds a laurel branch and a palm frond on the right – both symbolizing victory.

We don’t know whether President Jackson himself requested the change, or if it was a result of artistic license taken by Bakewell’s designer. Because this glassware was produced almost 200 years ago, it’s hard to imagine that many pieces remain, though the White House historic collection does include a few rare examples. So how did Raleigh DeGeer Amyx acquire such a rare Presidential decanter?

This particular piece was still in use at the White House when Theodore Roosevelt became President. As he was known to do from time to time, President Roosevelt presented the decanter to his good friend and military aide, Major Archibald Butt, who had also served as an aide to President Taft. In fact, it was William Howard Taft who delivered the eulogy at Major Butt’s funeral after the sinking of the Titanic, on which the Major had been an ill-fated passenger.

HARDING Official White House China crystal glass   THE EXQUISITE MONOGRAMMED CRYSTAL OF PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Before his death, however, Archibald Butt passed the decanter along to Ethel Carow Roosevelt Derby, Theodore Roosevelt’s fourth child, along with a hard-written note. Mrs. Derby willed the decanter to her daughter, Edith Roosevelt Derby Williams, who kept it until her death in 2008.

Families have two options when it comes to estate disposition, says Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. They can use an auction house, but that process can take several months and there is a risk that the auction house or auctioneer might not describe pieces well enough to draw the best price. Alternatively, there is the chance of a private sale, which might be concluded to the benefit of everyone, quickly. These days, a potential seller, or an attorney representing the estate, can search online to find a potential buyer. Because Mr. Amyx’s expertise and collection are so prominent, these individuals sometimes contact him.

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THE ELEGANT HAND-CUT CRYSTAL AS ORDERED BY FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

And that’s how the Jackson decanter made the most recent leg of its multi-presidential journey. The Jackson decanter is not only elegant, rare, and uniquely historic, it fits nicely within the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. After all, glassware is something of a “cousin” to Official White House China, says Mr. Amyx, because it is also essential tableware at Presidential state dinners. The Amyx Collection also includes cut crystal from the Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harding presidencies, a finger bowl and cordial glasses.

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RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - IMPOSING HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR

Distinguished historian and collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce or rare pieces of Official White House China. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for nearly 40 years. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China and Presidential China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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Atherton Hall of Fame Inducts Raleigh DeGeer Amyx

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

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RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX AT THE SPEAKERS PODIUM IN THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM IN 1988 DURING THE RONALD REAGAN ADMINISTRATION. THERE WAS LITTLE DEMAND FOR RETURN BRIEFINGS BY MR. AMYX.

Some might say it was just a matter of time. Given the fact that Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has achieved eminent status as a collector of Official White House China - and as an expert on both the china and the Presidents who chose and used it - it is most fitting that he has been inducted into a Hall of Fame.

We all remember high school graduation - that time when our best friends draw little hearts and write “most likely to succeed!!!” in our senior yearbooks. We all scatter and move on, perhaps maintaining contact with some of our classmates, but maybe not. High school becomes an ever more distant part of our past. We really don’t expect to hear from them again, except when reunions are planned.

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MR. AMYX FEELS TRULY HONORED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE ATHERTON HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018.

But Raleigh DeGeer Amyx attended Atherton High School in Louisville Kentucky. A high school, noted for its academics, that has made a point since 2001 of honoring exceptionally distinguished graduates by inducting them into the Atherton High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame. 

Mr. Amyx says he was shocked when he received a call this past summer, informing him that he had been selected for the Hall of Fame. “I never associated myself with being inducted into any Hall of Fame,” he says. But he believes it is a validation of what he and other inductees have achieved since childhood, based on a lifetime of work and what each person has contributed to society as a whole.

He is in impressive company indeed. The school says previous inductees include “senators, a brigadier general, authors, teachers, university presidents, doctors, financiers, congressmen, entrepreneurs, a ballerina and more.” Raleigh DeGeer Amyx was chosen based on the breadth and historical significance of his Official White House China collection, his historical knowledge, and the fact that he has been engaged on occasion by the Smithsonian to appraise certain items donated to the museum, and other factors.

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FOR 4 DECADES, COLLECTING AND PRESERVING HISTORY HAVE BEEN RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX'S SOLE ENDEAVORS.

The ceremony and dinner, attended by some 250 people, was held October 12, 2018. Because it is not physically convenient for Mr. Amyx to fly, his wife Hilda and a couple of his adult children packed up their roomy Lincoln Navigator and drove to Louisville from the Amyx home in Florida. The other children met them there – no one wanted to miss this event! Mr. Amyx, who joined eight other inductees in speaking to the gathering, is only the second person from his class of 200 graduates (1956) to be honored with a place in the Hall of Fame.

The Atherton Alumni Association says their inductees are distinguished, impressive, and inspiring – words that certainly describe the career and persona of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

“I had a ball,” he laughs. “I got to get dressed up in a tux, and I got a handsome award.”

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Distinguished historian and collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce or rare pieces of Official White House China. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for nearly 40 years. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China and Presidential China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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The Passing of a President: Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Reflects

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 @ 01:54 PM

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GEORGE H. W. BUSH (1924-2018)
OUR 41ST PRESIDENT (1989-1993)

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is not only one of the nation’s foremost collectors of Official White House China, his career as a collector started with Presidential relics. Over the years he has become intimately familiar with the histories behind his collected pieces and the Presidents who used them. Every item has a story to tell, and even in instances where he has sold or traded a piece, the story has remained with him, part of his lifetime collection.

And so, the recent passing of President George H. W. Bush had a very personal meaning for Mr. Amyx. “It hit me really hard,” he acknowledges. “We all lost a tremendous friend.”

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PRESIDENT BUSH WITH HIS BELOVED FIRST LADY, BARBARA BUSH - WHO PASSED AWAY EARLIER IN 2018.

Mr. Amyx knew the first President Bush, though not well, dating back to when Bush served in Congress and then as Vice President. “He was a man in perpetual motion,” recalls Mr. Amyx, “from sunup to sunset. Like a clock that needed constant winding.” Part of that movement included regularly playing tennis and racquetball in the private gymnasium reserved for members of Congress.

Even after he moved into the Executive Mansion, President Bush would be whisked via limo from the White House to the underground parking and Rayburn House Building gym entrance, so he could meet with Congressmen (real friends) in private and then play racquetball.

The gymnasium staff consisted of just a few men, responsible for maintaining the facility but also talented players who could ably step onto the court with a Congressman, if a partner was needed. The gymnasium staff developed cordial relationships with the members they served. One of these staffers was also a friend of Mr. Amyx.

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PRESIDENT BUSH WAS AN AVID LOVER OF SPORTS, BUT THE PRESIDENT HAD AN AFFINITY FOR TENNIS.

President Bush was not someone who wanted to hear, “Nice shot!” when that wasn’t the case. He wanted intelligent conversation and enjoyable play. Mr. Amyx’s friend was just that kind of man, so he was often invited to play with Mr. Bush, whether as partner or across the net. On occasion, he would ask Mr. Bush to autograph something that would become part of the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection.

Mr. Amyx was also well-acquainted with the woman who served as President Bush’s personal secretary for many years. They met in an entirely non-political way, when she and her husband visited the Amyx home – it had been built by a builder they were also considering. Of course, she also knew of Mr. Amyx’s exceptional collection, especially his White House China, and she wanted to see it for herself. Although she knew the President very well, Mr. Amyx was careful not to take advantage of their friendship to request Presidential favors.

george-h-w-bush-tennis-racquet-1   TENNIS RACKET, CARRYING CASE, AND AUTOGRAPHED TENNIS BALL ALL GENEROUSLY GIFTED BY PRESIDENT BUSH TO A FRIEND OF MR. AMYX - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

There came a time, however, when serendipity intervened. Naturally, the President’s personal secretary knew the staff at the Congressional gym. One day, she called Mr. Amyx’s friend and asked if he could fill in at the last minute to join the President’s tennis foursome – at the White House. Well, who would say no to that? But the man’s tennis equipment was at his home, and there was no time to go get it. He rummaged around in the storage area at the gym and came up with an old wooden racket from around 1950.

When the President caught sight of that old wooden racket, he asked his valet to please bring out one of his own. It was a fine piece of equipment, in its own beautiful case. After the game, President Bush gave his racket to Mr. Amyx's friend to replace the old wooden racket. And then the foursome, which included two cabinet officers, continued playing tennis. And this fine gentleman passed it along to Mr. Amyx for his “museum.”

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LARGE SIZE GIFT PRINT OF THE 1989 OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS CARD - PERSONALLY SIGNED BY PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH AND FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Mr. Amyx had a third link to George H. W. Bush, a career military man who served for 18 years on the staff of the National Security Council, working out of the White House. Over time, he became very familiar with daily White House activities and had opportunities to greet the President as he went about his business. Working with the President’s personal secretary, he would periodically ask Mr. Bush to autograph an item. Sometimes President Bush would add “stay the course” after his signature. He even signed one item from his inauguration day, adding “January 20, 1989.”

Memorabilia and Official White House China aside, Mr. Amyx says the most fun part of developing relationships with people near to the President has been the anecdotes they volunteer. As a lifelong Presidential historian as well as collector, it’s hard to imagine a more attentive audience than Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

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RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - IMPOSING HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR

Distinguished historian and collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce or rare pieces of Official White House China. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for nearly 40 years. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China and Presidential China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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What Should a Soup Bowl Look Like?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 @ 02:15 PM

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UNIQUE AND STUNNING 1879 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES SOUP BOWL
PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

When we think of a set of china, we mentally picture the different pieces, each with its own identifiable shape and size. There may be some variation from one collection to another, and certainly the decoration can vary tremendously. However, when it comes to distinctive design and decoration, the Rutherford B. Hayes Official White House China is in a class by itself.

As one of the nation’s premier collectors of Official White House China, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx owns several very rare pieces from the original Hayes service, ordered from Haviland & Co. in 1879. One is a soup bowl. Like all the pieces in this exceptional collection, the Hayes soup bowl is a surprise.

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ELEGANT HAND-PAINTED DETAILS - 1879 HAYES SOUP BOWL

Whereas soup bowls are generally deep, the Hayes soup bowl is quite shallow – only about 1.75” deep. But it is 9” wide – an unusual decagon shape for a soup bowl. All the pieces in the Hayes White House China collection have unusual shapes, each designed to fulfill its food service function but also to frame and highlight its decoration. The shallow soup bowl’s broad, flat bottom provides greater surface area for its exquisite artwork. This particular soup bowl depicts a campfire scene along the Mississippi River. (You can even see a steamboat in the background.)

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RUTHERFORD B. HAYES AND LUCY WEBB HAYES
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The Hayes china was a collaboration between two Theodores. Theodore R. Davis was a famous illustrator who worked for Harper’s Weekly, enlisted by his friend Theodore Haviland to provide original artwork of American flora and fauna for the White House China ordered by President Hayes and his wife. Davis created 130 designs in all, which were then reproduced – individually hand-painted – onto the various china pieces.

Theodore R. Davis

THEODORE R. DAVIS, AN EXTREMELY GIFTED ARTIST

Davis’ designs were so unusual, some of the Hayes White House China was actually patented. (Only one or two later Presidential China collections carry this distinction.) According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, “The first service was patented at the height of the gilded age in the Victorian era, when a show of excess was a show of wealth, power and stature. It was a time when the White House was decorated in high Victorian fashion.” Curiously, the shallow soup bowl was not among the designs covered under Pat. No. D11,932 -- only a platter and a dozen round plates.

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THEODORE HAVILAND, TALENTED MANUFACTURER OF ELEGANT PORCELAIN FROM LIMOGES, FRANCE

The Hayes soup bowl that now resides in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection can be seen on his website, but as Mr. Amyx notes, the unusual shape is very difficult to photograph. “It is a completely different revelation in person,” he says.

On the verso are markings that indicate the bowl was made by Haviland & Co., Limoges, with the distinctive 1879 designation. Another mark states, “Fabriqué par Haviland & Co. d'après les dessins de” (produced by Haviland after the drawings of), followed by the signature of Theo. R. Davis. These markings authenticate the soup bowl as being from the original 1879 Hayes order.

Hayes shallow bowl back   UNUSUAL RAISED BOTTOM OF THE HAYES SOUP BOWL AND THE RARE 1879 VERSO

Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the verso, however, is the 10-spoke asterisk-like star that forms a raised foot for the bowl. Mr. Amyx says he does not know for certain why the piece was designed this way, but given the bowl’s broad, shallow configuration, one might speculate that the raised foot helped protect the table underneath from the soup’s heat.

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RARE BILL CLINTON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA DOUBLE HANDLED CREAM SOUP AND SAUCER -  PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx says that the longer he has collected Official White House China, the more value he has come to see in unusual pieces – shapes, etc. These pieces are more rare because there were so few made compared to essential pieces such as plates and cups. Besides the Hayes soup bowl, other examples of unique pieces in the Amyx Collection include the very precious Lincoln egg cup, one of just 24 ever produced, and the handsome double-handled cream soup and saucer from the Clinton service.

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EXTREMELY RARE LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA EGG CUP - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

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RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - IMPOSING HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR

Distinguished historian and collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce or rare pieces of official White House China. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for nearly 40 years. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China and Presidential China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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What’s in a Presidential Cup and Saucer?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 10:28 AM

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ADMIRING HIS PRESIDENTIAL CUP

The White House Gift Shop and online store are replete with souvenir coffee cups. You can even order one version with your own name printed below the White House logo. But while these mementos of a visit to America’s Executive Mansion might be fun to own, none of these cups is the real deal. Official White House China is used only by the President, alone, or with his official guests.

When considering White House China, it is easy to focus on the extraordinary, unique beauty of the plates in each collection, overlooking other pieces within the service that are equally lovely and appealing in their own way. Presidential cups and saucers are a good example. Renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx says collecting these items has particular value, from two standpoints.

OBAMA WHITE HOUSE CHINA CUP SAUCER

LOVELY CUP & SAUCER FROM THE BARACK OBAMA OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION

First, the cup and saucer are considered a fundamental element of any set of porcelain. As an illustration, when famed porcelain manufacturer Lenox does public presentations about their china around the country, they always feature Presidential china they have designed. Those displays always include a cup and saucer.

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RICH WHITE, IVORY, AND 3-D GOLD 1918 WOODROW WILSON CUP & SAUCER - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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Second, because there are two pieces that make up the cup-and-saucer set, there is double the opportunity for part of the set to become broken or cracked over time. Without both pieces, the set has lesser value. Intact sets are scarce and, therefore, of more value. They will be more expensive because the collector must purchase two separate pieces.

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IMPRESSIVE F.D.R. OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA CUP & SAUCER - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx owns numerous cup-and-saucer examples including those belonging to Presidents Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Reagan, and Clinton. As a collector, he has tried to follow the Lenox example, working to acquire at least a dinner plate, service plate and cup and saucer from each President’s Official White House China service. Then he would look for additional pieces – mindful as always that he can only collect what becomes available, thru auction or through his own detective work and reputation.

TRUMAN WHITE HOUSE CHINA CUP SAUCER

ELEGANT HARRY S. TRUMAN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA FULL SERVICE SETTING, INCLUDING CUP & SAUCER - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

However, there is more to the Presidential cup and saucer story than the porcelain used to serve guests at formal meals.

Some Presidential china collections have included demitasse cups and saucers as well as the larger standard coffee/tea cups and saucers. Mr. Amyx always tries to collect demitasse cups whenever they become available – as long as they meet his standard of pristine condition. He’s willing to pay more, he says, but the demitasse sets are rare and hard to come by. He also admits to a special personal appreciation of these daintier cups, too. They are prettier to look at, he says, in part because of their shape.

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STUNNING RONALD REAGAN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CUP & SAUCER - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Orders of White House China that included both types of cups and saucers almost always included far more standard cups than the smaller demitasse version. There is at least one exception to that, however. When Ronald and Nancy Reagan ordered their stunning red and gold White House China, there were 19 pieces in each place setting, including a demitasse cup and saucer. However, Mrs. Reagan also ordered 60 extra demitasse cups.

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ORNATE BILL CLINTON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA CUP & SAUCER - THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

The espresso machine was introduced in 1901, and the cappuccino coffee drink was created about that same time. This might explain why demitasse cups and saucers were more commonly ordered by Presidents in the 20th century than by their predecessors.

Long before the invention of cappuccino, though, ladies often got together for hot chocolate. This delicacy was also consumed in demitasse cups. It is easy to picture early First Ladies enjoying a hot chocolate while entertaining a few friends or the wives of visiting dignitaries from around the world.

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HANDSOME COFFEE MUG FROM THE REAGAN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

When it’s time to get down to business, Presidential coffee (or, presumably, tea) is served in large mugs without saucers. This china also bears distinctive decoration and markings, often matching that President’s formal china pattern and always bearing the Presidential seal on at least one side. These mugs are used in the Oval Office and its nearby small dining room and, no doubt, in the family’s private quarters as well.

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Rutherford B. Hayes Mule Deer Plate: An Unexpected Dining Pleasure

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

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STUNNING AND RARE 1879 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES ORIGINAL ORDER WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED MULE DEER DINNER PLATE.  
PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

The more you learn about Official White House China, the more you start to feel intoxicated by the sheer beauty of some of the various Presidential White House China designs These are not merely “dishes,” they are extraordinary works of art. Every set of Presidential porcelain is beautiful in its own way, but a few stand out even among such exalted company. Such is the case with the Official White House China chosen by Rutherford B. and Lucy Hayes.

Imagine attending an official state dinner at the White House, and seeing a colorful and lifelike Colorado Rocky Mountain mule deer on the face of your dinner plate. So beautiful you would hesitate to cover it with food -- a rare treat in such a formal setting. In most china collections, the decoration remains the same throughout. Or there may be some variation from one type of dish to another, but plates, serving pieces, cups, and bowls still look essentially the same.

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19TH PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
AND FIRST LADY LUCY WEBB HAYES

Pieces within the Hayes collection differ dramatically. Each features an aspect of the American outdoors, exquisitely rendered as a painting. And, in fact, each one of the 130 original designs was painted by a man famed during his time as an artist and historian, Theodore Davis. As it happened, he was great friends with another Theodore named Haviland. So when President Hayes and his First Lady commissioned Haviland & Co. to produce their Official White House China, one Theodore immediately thought of the other.

Could those amazing paintings be incorporated into china design? Yes. Hand-painted once again.

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MAGNIFICENT AND RARE HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED "SHAD" FISH PLATTER - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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But the Hayes porcelain stands out from other White House China in another way. Different types of pieces have entirely different shapes, cleverly designed to further show off the artwork painted on them. A fish seems to almost leap out from a rectangular serving piece with artfully curled corners reminiscent of waves. You can almost hear the stunning Baltimore oriole on the comma-shaped plate sing a few notes. Or feel the warm crackle of the beachside campfire within the soup bowl.

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IMPRESSIVE AND RARE HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED DESSERT PLATE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

And then there is that lively mule deer buck, prancing on its 10” dinner plate. Renowned White House China collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx says two pieces from this amazing and rare 1879 Hayes collection – the mule deer plate and the campfire soup bowl -- “landed in his lap” early in 2018, thanks to his reputation and strong online presence. These pieces joined other Rutherford B. Hayes porcelain previously acquired by Mr. Amyx.

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ELEGANT AND RARE 1879 HAYES ORIGINAL ORDER OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED SOUP BOWL - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

And while it was an unexpected coup to obtain these two unparalleled pieces, Mr. Amyx says he was “astounded” when he received the items and turned them over to examine the verso. There was that distinctive cypher -- printed in turquoise, orange and black – that marked these pieces as belonging to the original 1879 Hayes china order. No re-ordered pieces or replicas carry this marking. “I had never even seen that cypher in person,” he says, “even when viewing the Presidential china collections at the White House itself.”

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ALL OF THE ORIGINAL ORDER HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA PIECES CONTAIN THIS RARE 1879 VERSO

He says he is so grateful for opportunities like this. He has worked hard for four decades to hone his knowledge and detecting skills as he has refined his collection, and the result is that people now seek him out. They want to do business with him because they know he is reputable. “It’s been fun to be like a curator,” he admits. “I have learned so much, and met some nice people.” It’s hard to say anything better than that about your career – especially when every day you get to admire the finest White House China ever produced.

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 1879 HAYES ORIGINAL ORDER OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED FISH PLATE - THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

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A Fortunate Find: Clinton’s Oval Office China

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

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THE OVAL OFFICE DURING PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON'S TERM

Being one of the nation’s most prominent collectors of Official White House China can have its advantages. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has his ear to the ground, so to speak, and has developed connections that can lead to amazing acquisitions. People come to him offering to sell examples of Presidential porcelain that have come into their possession one way or another.

Sometimes the pieces are of interest, sometimes not, but occasionally there is something entirely unexpected. A fortunate find, you might say. And so it happened that, toward the end of 2016, Mr. Amyx was able to acquire a select treasure – a service plate from President Bill Clinton’s Oval Office China Collection.
But wait . . . what is Oval Office China?

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WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON
43RD PRESIDENT - 1993 TO 2001

Most Americans have no idea that the President has a choice of official dining rooms in which to eat during his long and busy days. We know the First Family has a private dining room in their own quarters. And we know there is a State Dining Room for hosting foreign dignitaries and other official guests on formal occasions.

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BILL CLINTON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA SERVICE PLATE - THE NORTH FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IS FEATURED IN THE CENTER OF THE PLATE TO CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WHITE HOUSE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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However, sometimes the President just wants to eat alone for a few moments of peace and quiet, or to hold a working breakfast or lunch with a few Cabinet members, key staff, or Congressional leaders. For those occasions, there is a more intimate space called the Oval Office Dining Room. The room is also known as the President’s West Wing study, because many chief executives have used the space to study notes, work on speeches, or watch the news on TV. And like many of us with over-booked schedules, they find themselves eating and working at the same time.

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ELEGANT CLINTON WHITE HOUSE CHINA DESSERT PLATE WITH THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE 12 O'CLOCK POSITION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

The china used to serve meals here is not the same as that used for official State dinners. Nonetheless, it qualifies as Official White House China, because it is used by the sitting President, in the White House.

Mr. Amyx explains that sometime in the 1980s or 90s, the “powers that be” decided to have special china just for the Oval Office Dining Room. This private space seats just a few people -- no more than 8 or 12 with the table fully expanded – so it is easy to believe that the china service used here is produced in very small quantities, although there is no official information available about this.

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STUNNING BILL CLINTON OVAL OFFICE CHINA PLATE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

The Clinton service plate looks like White House China from the Reagan administration, with a wide lattice border inside a gold rim and a gold Presidential insignia in the center. However, the Clinton plate features a Presidential blue color instead of the red favored by the Reagans. It is 12” in diameter, with verso markings that include the Lenox hallmark, President Clinton’s initials (W.J.C.), and the words “1998 Oval Office.”

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REAGAN CUP FEATURING THE "R.W.R." - A SIMILAR VERSO WOULD APPEAR ON THE CLINTON OVAL OFFICE CHINA (WITH A THIN BLUE LINE INSTEAD OF RED) WITH "W.J.C." AND "1998 OVAL OFFICE"  -  THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

“You could postulate that the Reagan Service Plate would have looked like Clinton’s,” suggests Mr. Amyx, “but with the initials R.W.R. on the back.”

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GORGEOUS RONALD REAGAN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA STATE DINNER SERVICE PLATE FEATURES THE SAME GOLD PRESIDENTIAL EMBLEM IN THE CENTER OF THE PLATE AND A LOVELY GOLD LATTICE BORDER WITH A RED ACCENT INSTEAD OF BLUE

Mr. Amyx also owns Oval Office coffee cups from both the Reagan and Clinton collections. These are informal mugs rather than cups with saucers. The cups are decorated to match the service plates, with a gold rim and thin colored line (blue for Clinton, red for Reagan). The Presidential insignia appears on the side in gold. Both cups carry the same verso markings: the Lenox hallmark and the President’s initials.

Just as private individuals want to sell special pieces to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, other collectors sometimes want to purchase an item from his famous collection. In the case of his Clinton Oval Office service plate, Mr. Amyx reveals he has been offered far more than he paid for the piece, but he holds out. It’s not the money, he explains. He simply prefers not to sell pieces unless he has another one in his collection. “It is too hard to find something that important and beautiful in the first place.”

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Where is China Stored in the White House?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

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The White House China Room in 1992

America’s Executive Mansion houses two types of Official White House China – historical pieces dating back to our country’s earliest days, and more modern collections still used to serve honored guests at formal state dinners.

Historic pieces are displayed in the China Room on the ground floor of the White House, where they can be viewed by members of the public who tour the White House. Few pieces remain of the earliest Presidential porcelain. Initial orders were small, and over time, dishes were either damaged or sold or given away as new Presidents took office and introduced their own china. Not until the 20th century was this practice of disposing of “extra” china prohibited by Congress. Since then, Official Presidential China should, ideally, either remain in the White House or be destroyed.

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COLONEL THEODORE BINGHAM CIRCA 1900

Colonel Theodore Bingham is credited with establishing efforts to inventory and protect Presidential china collections. In 1897, he was appointed as the first officer in charge of public buildings and grounds, which included the White House and its publicly-owned contents. Having served as a military aide at American embassies in Europe, he knew that other countries took great care of their official artifacts. He was appalled to find no such practice here in the US, and he set about changing that.

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ABBY GUNN BAKER  - JOURNALIST AND AMATEUR HISTORIAN WHO WAS DEEPLY INVOLVED IN THE ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION OF WHITE HOUSE CHINA

Col. Bingham reportedly told author Abby Gunn Baker (who later published an extensive book about White House China) that “if somebody does not [preserve historical china] pretty soon, there won’t be any left to preserve.”

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FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT OFFICIALLY CREATED A WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THESE GREAT HISTORICAL AMERICAN ARTIFACTS

Eleanor Roosevelt took up the cause when she became First Lady. She had two cabinets specially made to display past examples of Presidential china, so that visitors could view the pieces. The cabinets were installed on the east side of the White House, at the end of a ground floor corridor. Prior to Mrs. Roosevelt’s effort, White House china not in use was stored in a basement crypt.

The White House does not reveal where present-day china is stored. There is a warehouse in Maryland where White House furnishings are stored. However, given its fragility and the fact that it is needed from time to time, it seems unlikely the porcelain is stored offsite.

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HANDSOME WOODROW WILSON 1918 STATE SERVICE PLATE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

According to the White House, Presidential china still in use includes:

Woodrow Wilson - 120 settings
Franklin D. Roosevelt - 120 settings
Harry Truman - 120 settings
Lyndon Johnson - 216 settings
Ronald Reagan - 220 settings
Bill Clinton - 300 settings
George W. Bush - 320 settings,
plus an informal service with 75 settings
Barack Obama - 320 place settings

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THE TIMELESS GEORGE W. BUSH OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAS A VERSATILE PATTERN FIT FOR ALL SEASONS

Looking at the numbers of place settings reminds us that only in the most recent decades have Presidents and their First Ladies ordered very large collections of china. Our early Presidents lived in simpler, less populous times, and even something as special as a dinner honoring a foreign head of state was a far more intimate gathering than such an event might be today.

ObamaTHE OBAMAS CHOSE KAILUA BLUE AS THE LEAD COLOR FOR THEIR OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA

The reigning First Lady is responsible for planning and overseeing state dinners. Sometimes she has been known to mix and match patterns from various Presidential collections, either to augment a particular collection or, perhaps, to provide a more broadly historical overall setting. First Lady Michelle Obama actually cited this need for coordination when she talked about how she and her husband arrived at the color and pattern for their own Official White House China.

For her first official state dinner (honoring French President Emmanuel Macron), First Lady Melania Trump chose to use a combination of White House China from the Clinton and Bush collections.

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