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WHITE HOUSE CHINA - SERVICE PLATE OF WOODROW WILSON FINALLY LOCATED

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:01 AM

Recently, a very select number of pieces of Official White House China have been located. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson; in conjunction with the First Lady, selected and acquired, perhaps one of the Top 5 most popular examples  of White House China. The Wilson pieces represent, Executive Mansion Elegance.....at its total best.

WOODROW WILSON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINASTUNNING OFFICIAL 1918 WHITE HOUSE CHINA OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON

It pleases us to share an example of this elegance.  The 1918 Wilson State Dinner Service Plates came in two sizes (11.125" and 11.75").  The Woodrow Wilson China was manufactured by Lenox, of Trenton, New Jersey.  For the first time, the White House had its Official China manufactured in the United States of America. By 1918, it had been fifteen years since any President or First Lady had ordered State Service; and that was when it was purchased by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.

GILT PRESIDENTIAL SEAL VERSO WOODROW WILSON CHINATHIS GILT PRESIDENTIAL ARMS APPEARS IN THE CENTER OF SERVICE PLATE OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON

As it turned out the Wilson service was later received by other Administrations in a totally positive vein.  In fact, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and even William Jefferson Clinton ordered additional pieces of this exact same design. They felt it important to update this elegant pattern, in order to serve a larger number of White House guests, as well is to replace pieces due to chips or breakage over a period of many years.

WOODROW WILSON AND EDITH GAT WILSON OVAL OFFICE DESKWOODROW WILSON AND EDITH GALT WILSON AT WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE

The stunning piece featured above is now in the Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.  His Official White House China Collection now ranks in the Top 2 privately held collections in the world. Other items in The American Heritage Collection AKA The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, have previously been loaned to Presidential Libraries as well as to non-profit entities of note.

raleigh degeer amyx in library in 2010RALEIGH  DEGEER  AMYX IN LIBRARY IN 2010

 





Tags: Woodrow Wilson, White House China, The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, The American Heritage Collection, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge

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