Nancy and Ronald Reagan, after close study, chose absolutely Stunning Official 1982 White House China. Several examples of their Dramatic State Dinner Service can be found in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx…… Generally accepted as one the Top-Two Collectors of Official White House China in The United States. This White House China Collection has often been referred to as The American Heritage Collection.
NANCY & RONALD REAGAN CHOSE THIS STUNNING EXAMPLE AS THEIR 1982 OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA
The Reagan China arrived at the White House in 1982, after being selected to be manufactured by Lenox, of Trenton, New Jersey. With only one exception, The Lyndon B. Johnson's China, Lenox has been chosen as the Official supplier of White House China since Woodrow Wilson's beautiful Lenox China pattern in 1918.
IT TOOK NINE SEPARATE FIRINGS OF GILT BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL ARMS TOOK ON SUCH A MAGNIFICENT 3-D EFFECT
The Scarlet Red color was selected specifically by First Lady Nancy Reagan; in part for her fondness of Red. Also, Scarlet Red provided a bright accent to the white paneled walls as well as the Gilded accessories of the White House State Dining Room. Mrs. Reagan personally approved the sketches for each and every Stunning piece........and even made the final decision about how the Golden Ribbed Banding should be appropriately as well as elegantly applied.
The gorgeous Presidential Arms, in the dramatic center of the Service Plate, was hand-applied in raised gold paste. An unheard of 40 separate handlings; and an equally unheard of 9 separate Gilt Firings were required to create this Magnificient Historic Example. The Ronald and Nancy Reagan Official White House Service, for 220 people, came in at a cost of $210,399.00. However unfairly, some members of the press had a field day with this. There must have been little other news for them to report because some weighed in heavily on the Reagans over this cost. Was the media criticism fair? Not really! For you see, this Offical White House China Service was actually paid for by significant contributions from dear friends of the President and First Lady.
THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY ENJOY EACH OTHER'S COMPANY ON A WHITE BENCH ON THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE
After all was said and done the historic fact leans toward this: Perhaps no other First Family ever left such an appealing selection of Official White House China for the permanent use and Collection of The White House than Nancy and Ronald Reagan. Absolutely Stunnning!
RONALD REAGAN ENJOYING ONE OF HIS FAVORITE PAST-TIMES WHILE IN CALIFORNIA AS THE PRESIDENT
The House China featured here is in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. The Amyx collection also has other Reagan pieces as well as numerous other Official White House China pieces within the collection. In fact the Amyx Collection is either the most prolific Official White House China Collection in existence or it runs a close second. From time to time Mr. Amyx will trade a piece of historical china to other collectors of note. Occasionally he does sell a few pieces, although his primary goal is to continue collecting this important arena of American history.
HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX 2009