After a 200 year separation, the two rarest plates from the original official White House China order of James and Dolley Madison have been reunited. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, noted American Historian and Collector has, after years of research, added the only pair of extremely rare lozenges, (diamond shaped), 9.5” serving dishes to his well-known and often exhibited White house China Collection AKA The American Heritage Collection.
ONE OF ONLY TWO LOZENGES SHAPED SERVING
DISHES OF JAMES & DOLLEY MADISON
The original order of 1806, from Paris, France, for 231 pieces of Presidential China, by President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison, had been lost or destroyed, with the exception of only 29 remaining pieces. Assistant Curator, Grant Quertermous, of President Madison’s home, Montpelier, in Virginia, not far from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, along with Bill Allman, Curator of the White House, have compiled historic information of value, revealing that out of the original Madison porcelain order of 231 varied pieces, only 29 pieces survive. Only three of these porcelain pieces are presently at James Madison’s home. Only eight pieces reside at the White House. The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection has four of these rare Madison pieces, including the only pair of lozenges shaped porcelain White House dinnerware ever ordered by this Founding Father.
Curator Grant Quertermous of Madison’s Home, Montpelier, and Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, Historian and Collector, examining the two Rarest 1806 serving pieces of James and Dolley Madison
According to research, on the part of the White House, the Madison’s actually ordered their rare dinner service in 1806. During the Presidential term of James Madison, the British attacked the United States in what has since been known as the War of 1812. The attacking British invaders entered the White House and destroyed almost all within the Executive Mansion and set it ablaze. Existing White House china was also destroyed. Accordingly, the incumbent President, James Madison, instructed that the china he had officially used, as Secretary of State, now be used as Official White House China. There was no other alternative in 1814. After that this China became known as Official White House China and has been coveted by institutions, museums and advanced collectors ever since.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX -2010
THE ABOVE RARE HISTORICAL PIECES OF OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA ARE IN THE COLLECTION OF RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX. FOR DETAILED INFORMATION, AS WELL AS OTHER IMPORTANT HISTORICAL FACTS, YOU MAY WISH TO VIEW: HTTP://AMERICANHERITAGE1.COM
IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE CURATORS OFFICE HAS EVEN MORE UP TO DATE INFORMATION
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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is an American historian and collector. His full biography can be read on his Wikipedia page.