IMPRESSIVE FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - ALL PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
Anyone who knows Raleigh DeGeer Amyx or who has visited his website knows he is one of the nation’s foremost collectors of Official White House China. Mr. Amyx, drawn to collecting since boyhood, has spent decades amassing his exceptional collection of pristine and near-pristine examples of this historic porcelain. And, while he is not the only collector of these inimitable pieces, he is in very rare company.
REGAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - ALL PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
Many individuals own one or two, or a few, pieces of Presidential porcelain. A 1993 article in the Baltimore Sun noted that “presidential tableware is a hot collectible.” Of course not all Presidential tableware is considered Official White House China. Regardless, almost no one can match the comprehensive scale of the Amyx Collection of Official White House China.
MAGNIFICENT BENJAMIN HARRISON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - ALL PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
One exception is Mr. Set Momjian, who owns an impressive collection -- at least one example of Presidential dinnerware from every administration since George Washington. Mr. Momjian is a now-retired executive of Ford Motor Company. He served under President Carter as representative to the United Nations and as an advisor to several recent American Presidents. Like Mr. Amyx, his collection of Official White House China evolved out of his love for all things Presidential. He inadvertently acquired some porcelain pieces as he was focused on other Chief Executive memorabilia, and the rest, as they say, is history.
UNIQUE U.S. GRANT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - ALL PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
Also like Mr. Amyx, Set Momjian says Official White House China is more than a collection of artifacts. Each piece is uniquely beautiful, but it is the personal stories behind the China that add so much to their value. These pieces were used by the President of the United States at the time, and used to represent our nation at official state dinners. For Mr. Momjian, those stories are all about the First Ladies – the times they lived in and the cultural influences on their White House entertaining style.
NEAR PRISTINE JAMES K. POLK OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - ALL PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
Aside from the uniquely significant collections owned by Raleigh DeGeer Amyx and Set Momjian, other major assemblies of Official White House China are displayed by the White House Museum and by Lenox. The White House Museum maintains a display on the ground floor of the Executive Mansion, where public visitors can see examples of this exquisite China up close. It is appropriately dubbed the China Room.
ELEGANT BILL CLINTON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - ALL PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
In addition, the White House maintains full settings of past Presidential China (those for which there are still enough place settings to serve official dinners). In the Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Truman services, there are just 120 settings, but the George W. Bush service includes 320 place settings, a reflection of how much official entertaining has expanded in recent years.
STUNNING RONALD REAGAN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - ALL PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
The Lenox collection proudly underscores the company’s special place in the history of Official White House China. President Theodore Roosevelt had expressed dismay that he and his First Lady weren’t able to “Buy American” when they commissioned new dinnerware, but American porcelain manufacturers at the time simply could not produce the expected quality. Lenox changed that, garnering the first American commission from President Wilson in 1918. Since then, Lenox has produced Official White House China for five additional Presidents – Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush.
Other American manufacturers have also been called upon by other Presidential couples, but Lenox remains the most prominent.
Distinguished historian and collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce and rare pieces of Official White House China. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for nearly 40 years. Mr. Amyx's collection is the largest privately-owned collection of extremely high-quality, as well as the rarest, Official White House China and Presidential China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.