Intertwined with the Official White House China Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a recently located piece, that once graced the White House East Room, of President Franklin Pierce. Perhaps this Elegance can best be described as Simplicity, with a Crest. This pleasing Presidential China First arrived in the White House in 1853.
THE PLEASING TO THE EYE PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE OF 1853 AS SELECTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF FRANKLIN PIERCE
First Lady Jane Appleton Pierce and the President had this 9.25" Presidential Plate manufactured, in all probability French; but definitely imported and decorated by, the then well known, Haughwout & Dailey of New York. It Emphasized Golden Blue Rim Lines with it's Border Stippled in Gold. At the Center is an empty Blue and Gold Escutcheon.
KNOWN AS AN "ESCUTCHEON" THIS IS THE CENTER SHIELD AS SELECTED FOR THE FRANKLIN PIERCE WHITE HOUSE CHINA
This is one of the Rarer pieces of Presidential China, to Grace either The White House or any other Advanced Presidential Porcelain Collection - in that only 287 Pieces existed in this First and Final Order of this White House Pattern. Contrast this misinscule order of 287 White House China pieces with todays orders that ramp up into over 2,000 Presidential pieces per President.
FRANKLIN PIERCE OF MAINE - THE PRESIDENT
Actually, Haughwout & Dailey were very bright marketeers, as they already had the newly elected President Pierce in mind. Haughwout & Dailey were Exhibiting, in 1853, at the New York Exhibition at the Crystal Palace. Their express intention was in attracting President Franklin Pierce's Patronage. And their elaborate planning and persistence paid off in Spades.
Although the 287 Total pieces of Pierce White House China were French-ware, the Franklin Pierce Service marked the very First Time that an American Artist Decorated all of the Presidential porcelain table service that arrived at The White House in 1853. This particular Franklin Pierce 9.25" Presidential Plate is now a part of The American Heritage Collection (a.k.a.) The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.
HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010