Early in 1861, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln discussed the important selection of their, soon to be, Official White House China. Mary Todd Lincoln, (1818–1882), is believed to be the very first, First Lady to play an Assertive role in choosing White House China & Furnishings for The Executive Mansion. The Lincoln's selected an impressive and historic choice. A Total Classic! The President and First Lady definitely made a statement. This recent discovery of 1861 Lincoln White House China, after a 30 year quest, finally made its way to The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (A.K.A.) The American Heritage Collection.
RECENTLY DISCOVERED ABRAHAM AND MARY TODD LINCOLN DINNER PLATE - IN ALL IT'S STUNNING - SOLFERINO - SPLENDOR
This State Dinner Service was French; imported and decorated by The E. V. Haughwout Company, New York. Mr. Haughwout and Talented Staff hand-painted the Eagle and Clouds, the Gilt decoration as well as the color of Solverino (Royal Purple). The initial order of which this Stunning Lincoln Plate is one, was for 190 Official pieces. Mrs. Lincoln's Elegant Choice of White House China has been much appreciated by all First Families; as well as being coveted by advanced collectors for 150 years.
PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
At the beginning of the 2nd term of the Abraham Lincoln Administration, Mary Todd Lincoln ordered, with a tone of urgency, the below Buff set of French Haviland China for use at the Executive Mansion. This China also became known as Official White House China. It was to feature more modest decoration and to be more simple in design than The First Lady's previously ordered Elegant Solferino (Royal Purple) China of 1861. Only three months prior to the Assassination of President Lincoln, did this Buff China Set finally arrive at The White House. When Andrew Johnson assumed the Presidency, the Buff China below was, in very specific writing, turned over to that Administration. Today, a number of examples of the above Solverino (Royal Purple) China remain at The White House as well as at the Smithsonian Institution and The Library of Congress. Perhaps the best Lincoln Buff China example of the entire Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln order can be seen below.
RARE 10" SERVING BOWL OF THE LINCOLN BUFF CHINA
The above Lincoln Buff China is in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. It features a Rare 10" Buff covered serving piece. Mrs. Lincoln's urgent order was for this Wide Band Buff and Gold on White Porcelain. There was a Particular Hue to the Buff on the Original White House order. The elegant serving dish featured here was known in the original early 1865 Lincoln Buff Order as one of just four serving pieces described as: " A vegetable dish with cover." The above pictured attractive example survives intact; and in near pristine condition. This Stunning Vegetable Dish came to The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection via Historian and Author, Robert Doares, of Williamsburg, Virginia.
Prior to its release to The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, the Buff China rested at The White House so that the Graceful Lid, in particular, could be examined by William Allman, The White House Curator. There, in The White House, the two Gentlemen (Allman and Doares) met to discuss the Lincoln Buff China order; and Specifically, to discuss the Two Primary issues: 1. To Confirm, as closely as possible, the appropriate shade of the Hue of the Buff and; 2. To determine that the Maker of this Lincoln Acquisition to The White House China Collection, in early 1865, was indeed the Haviland Company. After Doares and Allman's caring and dual examination, this Lincoln Buff Vegetable Serving Bowl and Lid was enroute to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx for inclusion into his Official White House China Collection.
HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2010