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Rutherford B. Hayes Mule Deer Plate: An Unexpected Dining Pleasure

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

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STUNNING AND RARE 1879 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES ORIGINAL ORDER WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED MULE DEER DINNER PLATE.  
PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

The more you learn about Official White House China, the more you start to feel intoxicated by the sheer beauty of some of the various Presidential White House China designs These are not merely “dishes,” they are extraordinary works of art. Every set of Presidential porcelain is beautiful in its own way, but a few stand out even among such exalted company. Such is the case with the Official White House China chosen by Rutherford B. and Lucy Hayes.

Imagine attending an official state dinner at the White House, and seeing a colorful and lifelike Colorado Rocky Mountain mule deer on the face of your dinner plate. So beautiful you would hesitate to cover it with food -- a rare treat in such a formal setting. In most china collections, the decoration remains the same throughout. Or there may be some variation from one type of dish to another, but plates, serving pieces, cups, and bowls still look essentially the same.

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19TH PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
AND FIRST LADY LUCY WEBB HAYES

Pieces within the Hayes collection differ dramatically. Each features an aspect of the American outdoors, exquisitely rendered as a painting. And, in fact, each one of the 130 original designs was painted by a man famed during his time as an artist and historian, Theodore Davis. As it happened, he was great friends with another Theodore named Haviland. So when President Hayes and his First Lady commissioned Haviland & Co. to produce their Official White House China, one Theodore immediately thought of the other.

Could those amazing paintings be incorporated into china design? Yes. Hand-painted once again.

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MAGNIFICENT AND RARE HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED "SHAD" FISH PLATTER - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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But the Hayes porcelain stands out from other White House China in another way. Different types of pieces have entirely different shapes, cleverly designed to further show off the artwork painted on them. A fish seems to almost leap out from a rectangular serving piece with artfully curled corners reminiscent of waves. You can almost hear the stunning Baltimore oriole on the comma-shaped plate sing a few notes. Or feel the warm crackle of the beachside campfire within the soup bowl.

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IMPRESSIVE AND RARE HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED DESSERT PLATE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

And then there is that lively mule deer buck, prancing on its 10” dinner plate. Renowned White House China collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx says two pieces from this amazing and rare 1879 Hayes collection – the mule deer plate and the campfire soup bowl -- “landed in his lap” early in 2018, thanks to his reputation and strong online presence. These pieces joined other Rutherford B. Hayes porcelain previously acquired by Mr. Amyx.

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ELEGANT AND RARE 1879 HAYES ORIGINAL ORDER OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED SOUP BOWL - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

And while it was an unexpected coup to obtain these two unparalleled pieces, Mr. Amyx says he was “astounded” when he received the items and turned them over to examine the verso. There was that distinctive cypher -- printed in turquoise, orange and black – that marked these pieces as belonging to the original 1879 Hayes china order. No re-ordered pieces or replicas carry this marking. “I had never even seen that cypher in person,” he says, “even when viewing the Presidential china collections at the White House itself.”

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ALL OF THE ORIGINAL ORDER HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA PIECES CONTAIN THIS RARE 1879 VERSO

He says he is so grateful for opportunities like this. He has worked hard for four decades to hone his knowledge and detecting skills as he has refined his collection, and the result is that people now seek him out. They want to do business with him because they know he is reputable. “It’s been fun to be like a curator,” he admits. “I have learned so much, and met some nice people.” It’s hard to say anything better than that about your career – especially when every day you get to admire the finest White House China ever produced.

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 1879 HAYES ORIGINAL ORDER OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA HAND-PAINTED FISH PLATE - THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

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Distinguished historian and collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce or 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.

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A 38 Year Search Ends For 1879 Rutherford B. Hayes Plate

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE RUTHERFORD B. HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA FISH PLATE FROM THE ORIGINAL 1879 HAYES ORDER - NOW PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Every now and then, a collector comes across a piece he’s been hoping to find for years. Decades, even. Renowned White House China collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, recently had such an experience, when he was able to acquire an extraordinarily rare plate from the original Rutherford B. Hayes White House China service. The new acquisition, produced in 1879, is an exquisite 8-1/4” fish plate.

Every President’s Official White House China has been beautiful in its own way, but there are a few patterns that stand out, even among this prestigious group. One of the most exceptional White House China collections was commissioned by President Rutherford B. Hayes and his First Lady, Lucy. The porcelain is not only spectacular in its quality and variety, what few pieces of the 1879 variety remain are extremely rare.

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VIEW OF THE BACK OF THE RUTHERFORD B. HAYES FISH PLATE - NOTE THE SIGNATURE CYPHER IN THE 6 O'CLOCK POSITION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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Many things about the Hayes China make this service unique in the true sense of the word. Among its distinctive characteristics is the fact that most of the plates and serving pieces are not round. Rather, the dishes themselves are works of art, shaped to frame the American artwork painted on them. The latest addition to the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection is round, but with a beautifully scalloped edge that gives the plate definition and creates its own style of “frame” for the artwork.

In fact, from the artwork we see that this 1879 plate is, indeed, a scallop shell. But there is more. Fittingly, since this is a fish plate, it features a dramatically rendered ocean fish, along with a flower bud that draws the eye downward on the plate.

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CLOSE-UP OF SIGNATURE CYPER AT 6 O'CLOCK POSITION ON THE HAYES FISH PLATE VERSO - ORANGE, TURQUOISE AND BLACK WERE USED TO FORM THE INTITIALS "TH" (Theodore Haviland) AND THE "1879" ORDER YEAR - THIS RARE DISTINCTION APPEARED ON THE WHITE HOUSE INITIAL 1879 ORDER ONLY - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

What collector wouldn’t want to own something so impressive? But this plate is not only stunning, it is the genuine article – a piece of the original 1879 Rutherford B. Hayes Official White House China order. We know that when we turn the plate over to view the back side, or verso. There, in the “six o’clock” position, we see the distinguishing mark that authenticates this plate. The orange, blue, and black cypher says “Limoges Haviland & Co. and depicts the initials TH (for Theodore Haviland), interlocked with “1879.”

The story goes like this: Haviland & Company hired the famous artist Theodore R. Davis to design the Hayes China, which includes 130 different wildlife motifs. Every piece was entirely hand-painted. It cost Haviland so much to produce the 562-piece order that they lost money, so to make up the loss the company re-issued a limited number of pieces for sale to the public, as well as for supplemental White House orders. The only difference was that plates manufactured after the original 1879 order do not bear the “TH 1879” cypher, although they do carry the presidential eagle seal on the verso.

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STUNNING HAND-PAINTED DESSERT PLATE FEATURING A BALTIMORE ORIOLE FROM THE RUTHERFORD B. HAYES WHITE HOUSE CHINA - DESIGNED BY THEODORE RUSSELL DAVIS - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Mr. Amyx’s White House China collection includes several other supplemental Hayes fish plates. He says it’s “not so hard to find fish plates from the supplemental orders.” But now, after searching for more than three decades, he has finally made a very special addition to his collection with the 1879 fish plate. For him, it is “a big deal.” He says the texture, depth, and perspective of the hand-painted artwork cannot be truly appreciated in photographs, only with the human eye.

As a collector, he also appreciates the value of the fish plate. Hayes China from the 1879 order is so rare, its value is about eight times that of pieces from supplemental orders.

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World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce or 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.

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Top 9 Rarest White House China Pieces

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, May 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Presidential dinnerware since the time of George Washington reflects the taste and culture of its day. Shapes, sizes, and decoration of the pieces vary considerably – dramatically in some cases – and every casual viewer and collector has their aesthetic favorites. But when it comes to identifying the rarest White House China, beauty has no bearing. Rarity is strictly a matter of numbers. The fewer pieces still in existence, the rarer they are.

Several Official White House China patterns were so popular with later Presidents, they were reordered instead of being replaced with a new design. The Abraham Lincoln Official White House China is a prominent example. Because so many pieces with this pattern were produced, there are more available to be collected, even today. Comparatively speaking, they are not rare, but Lincoln is Lincoln, thus in high demand.

We asked world renowned White House China collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx which Presidential China collections are most rare. Here's how he ranked them:

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LOVELY 1870 STATE DINNER PLATE FROM THE ULYSSES S. GRANT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - HAVILAND AND COMPANY - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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#9. Ulysses Grant

This 1879 Official White House China order consisted of more pieces – 587 – but no 1879 pieces were ever re-ordered, that bear a distinctive verso marking. There is a special marking on the 1879 order that does not appear on any of the following china order pieces, by any other subsequent Presidents.

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UNIQUE HAND-PAINTED DESSERT PLATE FROM THE 1879 RUTHERFORD B. HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - DESIGNED BY THEODORE RUSSELL DAVIS - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#8. Rutherford Hayes

President Hayes’ original 562-piece White House China service is marked “1879” on the back. However, Haviland & Co. lost so much money producing this stunning china that they reissued it repeatedly for public sale, minus the 1879 date. Even a subsequent Presidential order to replenish White House supplies arrived without the 1879 mark. For this reason, pieces remaining from the original, dated order are deemed to be about five times as valuable as matching, undated 1879 pieces.

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PRISTINE EXAMPLE OF A DESSERT PLATE FROM THE 1846 JAMES K. POLK OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY EDOUARD D. HONORE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#7. James K. Polk

The 1846 James K. Polk White House China was never re-ordered and bears no specfic markings that help identify it as Official White House China.

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TIMELESS STATE FISH PLATE FROM THE 1903 THEODORE ROOSEVELT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY WEDGWOOD - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#6. Theodore Roosevelt

There were just 120 pieces in Theodore Roosevelt’s original White House China order, and this pattern was never re-ordered. Not only are there no verso markings to indicate the pieces were Official White House China, the seal on the front rim is the seal of the United States, not the Presidential seal. This makes it even more likely subsequent owners would not have realized what they had. Mr. Amyx says, “pieces rarely appear on the market, perhaps every 5 or 10 years.” One 9” fish plate from the Theodore Roosevelt Official White House China collection is part of the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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EXTRAORDINALRILY RARE SERVING PIECE FROM THE JOHN QUINCY ADAMS OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#5. John Quincy Adams

None of the John Quincy Adams White House China was ever re-ordered. Most of the original order was lost or broken. During the 1800s, most Presidential china orders were not marked as such, so they were often inherited by individuals who had no idea of their true provenance or value.

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ELEGANT PLATE FROM THE 1853 FRANKLIN PIERCE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#4. Franklin Pierce

There were only 287 pieces in Franklin Pierce’s 1853 White House China order, and they had no helpful verso markings. The pattern was never re-ordered. Mr. Amyx owns one pristine piece from of Pierce White House China, and says “he has seen only one other piece offered for sale in the last 30 years.”

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EXTREMELY RARE LOZENGES SERVICE DISHES FROM THE 1806 JAMES MADISON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY NAST'S FACTORY PARIS - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#3. James Madison

Prior to becoming President, James and Dolley Madison ordered a set of china that consisted of about 300 pieces. Following the War of 1812, the Madisons brought to The White House the china that they had used as Secretary of State. They used this service for dinners with foreign dignitaries, so it became Official White House China. Today, only 30 pieces remain, thanks to the fact that the British burned down the executive mansion and much of its contents during the Madison administration. Thirty pieces are accounted for – among them, 8 are in the White House collection, 4 are housed at the historic Madison home in Montpelier, and 5 Madison pieces are in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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PRISTINE DESSERT PLATE FROM THE 1820 JAMES MONROE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY DAGOYT AND HONORE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#2. James Monroe

Similar to the John Quincy Adams White House China, no President after James Monroe ordered this same pattern, so only the pieces in Monroe’s original order ever existed. James Monroe White House China is sought after in a major way.

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BEAUTIFUL CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATE FROM THE 1786 GEORGE WASHINGTON PRESIDENTIAL CHINA - CONSIDERED THE "HOLY GRAIL" OF WHITE HOUSE CHINA - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#1. George Washington

Very few pieces of our first President’s china still exist today. The dinnerware Washington used for official state occasions while President was his own personal china, used by him both before and after his Presidential service. Although there was no White House during the Washington Administration, this extraordinarily rare  porcelain is still considered to be Official White House China. After the passing of both George and Martha Washington, the remaining china was moved several times – and not always gently. Not much survived. Specifically, a pristine George Washington White House China dinner plate has a value exceeding $80,000.

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The 9 Most Beautiful Examples of White House China

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Everyone knows that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But picking favorites among the many collections of stunning Official White House China is no mere beauty contest. For renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, it’s about the art – and the fact that the magnificence of each service also reflects the context of its time.

“In a portrait gallery,” he explains, “you walk into a room filled with masterpieces yet you’re drawn to certain one(s) that move you, like a song that makes you feel something.” asked to name his White House china favorites, he chose nine, noting it was “easy” to identify the first four, but hard to decide beyond that because each collection is outstanding in its own way. This is the countdown of his nine favorite White House China examples.

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STUNNING 1951 SERVICE PLATE FROM THE HARRY S. TRUMAN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY LENOX - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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#9. Harry S. Truman

Similar in many ways to Woodrow Wilson’s White House China, the Truman collection exudes overall elegance. The richly-patterned green, gold, deep ivory and white provide an aesthetically appropriate harmony for official state dinners. This service is historically important because it depicts the federal eagle as “reversed” by Truman’s Executive Order in 1945, showing the eagle facing the olive branch of peace rather than the arrows of war.

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PRISTINE EXAMPLE OF A DESSERT PLATE FROM THE 1846 JAMES K. POLK OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY EDOUARD D. HONORE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#8. James Polk

Though more subtle than the surprising shapes of the Hayes china, the ornately scalloped plates are themselves works of art, reflecting a different artist’s imagination. They create a visual frame for the extensive gilded designs as well as beautifully hand-painted flowers on the dessert plates – 36 flowers to denote the 36 states in the Union. With this china, a new presidential shield is depicted for the first time in red, white and blue.

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ELEGANT HAND-PAINTED DESSERT PLATE FROM 1879 RUTHEFORD B. HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY HAVILAND & CO - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#7. Rutherford B. Hayes

There is nothing subtle about the unusual plate shapes in this White House China collection. “You either like it, or you don’t,” says Mr. Amyx. Each plate seems to have been designed to frame its colorfully detailed, hand-painted wildlife. The non-traditional aspects of this china extend to the always-present presidential emblem – it is equally colorful, but appears only on the verso. Pieces from the original 1879 order are most collectible. Although the “cypher” on the verso was supposedly rendered in red, white and blue, it appears to be gold, turquoise and orange. ”

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GORGEOUS BREAKFAST PLATE FROM THE 1891 BENJAMIN HARRISON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY TRESSEMANES AND VOGT - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#6. Benjamin Harrison

First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison was a very talented artist, and it is her, in part, own artwork that adorns the border of this striking White House China. In fact, it is so pretty, subsequent presidents chose to reorder the same pattern rather than make any changes. That makes some Harrison china easier for collectors to locate. However, the pièce de résistance among this collection is the rarer and more valuable morning breakfast plate that features a double border.

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LOVELY STATE DINNER PLATE FROM THE 1869 ULYSSES S. GRANT OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY HAVILAND & COMPANY - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#5. Ulysses S. Grant

With this extraordinary china, the subtly scalloped edges of the plates offer a distinctive design element. But the large, beautifully detailed flowers are the main presence – 24 in all, allowing each place setting at smaller dinner gatherings to be different. This dinnerware also introduces a new presidential emblem, again chosen by the artist and approved by President and/or Mrs. Grant.

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BEAUTIFUL SERVICE PLATE FROM THE 1968 LYNDON B. JOHNSON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY CASTLETON CHINA - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#4. Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson used her influence as First Lady to promote beautification of America’s roadsides through planting wildflowers. The state china she helped design reflects that same theme – not only pretty but perhaps a floral political statement as well. "Photos simply do not do this china justice," notes Mr. Amyx. He admits he especially loves the eagle, which borrows from Monroe and Lincoln depictions.

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IMPECCABLE STATE DINNER SERVICE PLATE FROM THE 1981 RONALD REAGAN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY LENOX - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#3. Ronald Reagan

This china’s extraordinary creativity and beauty show in the bold scarlet border (Nancy Reagan’s favorite color), bounded by gold cross-hatching on the service and dessert plates. "The color and design are both striking, like a lady in a perfect red dress," yet they take their inspiration from artistic elements in early White House China patterns.

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CLASSIC STATE DINNER PLATE FROM THE 1861 ABRAHAM LINCOLN OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - MANUFACTURED BY HAVILAND & COMPANY - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#2. Abraham Lincoln

Presidents are America’s version of royalty, so this china also features a variation of Royal Purple – in this case a rich, warm tone called Solferino, chosen personally by Mary Todd Lincoln. This stunning china carries forward the Monroe eagle to represent the president, but now the eagle holds arrows of war and an olive branch of peace and is accompanied by a banner that reads “E Pluribus Unum.”

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PRISTINE DESSERT PLATE FROM THE JAMES MONROE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION CIRCA 1820 - MANUFACTURED BY DAGOYT AND HONORE - BOTH PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

#1. James Monroe

This was the first time an American president had a Congressionally-approved budget to buy china for formal White House occasions. Previous presidents had brought their personal dinnerware with them, so there was no precedent regarding what constituted “officially appropriate” china. "What should the presidential emblem look like? The Monroe service, like several other early designs, is presidential china as seen through the eyes of the artist." Every detail imagined and hand-painted, from the unusual marbled purplish-blue border to the bald eagle with widespread wings.

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John Quincy Adams: Old Man Eloquent

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

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JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848)
OUR 6TH PRESIDENT (1825-1829)

Our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, was known throughout much of his public career as “Old Man Eloquent.” He worked tirelessly to support causes he believed just, using words as well as actions to shape the country’s future. So it’s no surprise that the White House China which represents his presidency is also eloquent in its own way.

The JQ Adams china speaks of history. It is illustrated with Etruscan-inspired designs – beautifully hand-rendered antique cameo reserves, medallions, and leafy arabesques. Some pieces feature different designs that call to mind marine life, with seahorses, seashells and other motifs. The china speaks of elegance, using extensive gold trim to offset the colorful yet muted illustrations. The overall impression is one of delicacy and grace, yet the china service no doubt created a powerful presence for presidential guests.

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IMPRESSIVE RARE SQUARE SHALLOW SERVING PIECE FROM THE JOHN QUINCY ADAMS WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - CIRCA 1800 TO 1814 - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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White House China from the John Quincy Adams era is very rare. By now, surviving pieces are about 200 years old. The exact date this porcelain was manufactured is not known, but historians and collectors believe it was probably produced somewhere around 1800-1814.

John Quincy Adams served as president from 1825 to 1829. His direct descendant Mary Louisa Adams Clement, who passed away in 1950, stated she believed the china was purchased in France while Adams was serving as American Ambassador to Russia. He held that position from 1809 to 1814.

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LOUISA ADAMS (1775-1852)
DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN CONSUL IN LONDON, SHE IS CURRENTLY THE ONLY FIRST LADY BORN OUTSIDE THE U.S.

Verso markings are not particularly helpful, either, when it comes to investigating the provenance of JQ Adams china. Often these markings appear on the bottoms of plates or other pieces and clearly identify the manufacturer, the designer, and/or the date of production. In the case of some presidential collections, verso markings actually state “White House China” or something similar.

But for the Adams service, markings are ambiguous. Some pieces appear to have a faint white line and incised initials. Some have a mark that looks like a pair of crossed arrows. And some are unmarked. This seems to indicate the “set” of dinnerware might have been pulled together from multiple factories, then meticulously decorated later on.

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ELEGANT RARE ONE-PIECE CUSTARD CUP FROM THE JOHN QUINCY ADAMS WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - CIRCA 1800 TO 1814 - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

The fact that any of this lovely dinnerware still exists is in part a tribute to Mary Louisa Adams Clement’s generosity. In early times, White House China was often deliberately destroyed when it aged out of service and was replaced. This practice prevented the older pieces from being sold.

However, Mary Louisa Adams Clement possessed several pieces of the Adams service, likely handed down through family generations. She donated them to The Smithsonian Institution, to help create the Adams-Clement Collection. Other pieces are housed in collections at the White House, The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx also owns another exquisite example of this rare White House China – an oval saucer and round custard cup set.

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Rutherford B. Hayes China: Unique in Many Ways

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

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RUTHERFORD B. HAYES (1822-1893)
OUR 19TH PRESIDENT (1877-1881)

Throughout our nation’s history, several US presidents have used their Official White House China as a means to celebrate America’s beauty and bounty. The china collection commissioned by President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes is one of the most spectacular examples of this.

Produced by the renowned Haviland & Co. of Limoges, France, the dinnerware features stunning artistic renderings designed in America. The choice of decoration was something of an accident. First Lady Lucy Hayes had already chosen Haviland to manufacture her dinnerware. One day, she was in the White House conservatory looking at botanical samples that might be used to inspire designs. Theodore Russell Davis, at the time a writer and artist for Harper’s Weekly, just happened to be on hand.

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RARE HAND PAINTED DESSERT PLATE FROM THE HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - DESIGNED BY THEODORE R. DAVIS - MANUFACTURED BY HAVILAND & CO. - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION
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He suggested featuring North American flora and fauna as subjects. That way the dinnerware would reflect both the spirit of nationalism and strong interest in nature, both of which were prevalent at the time. Mrs. Hayes was so taken with this she asked Davis to direct the artistic aspects of the project.

Davis proceeded to create illustrations, from which etchings were made so the design outlines could be transferred to the dishes. Chromolithography and decalcomania were used to colorize, then the final shading, enameling and gilding was done by hand. A total of 16 artists worked on the project. In all, the Hayes china service incorporates an astounding 130 different designs.

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IMPRESSIVE HAND PAINTED FISH PLATTER FROM THE HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

What sets this china service apart isn’t only the tremendous variety of artistic designs. In a distinct break with tradition, many of the plates are not round but unusual shapes – teardrops, multi-sided geometric shapes, some with scalloped edges or curled lips or corners (see above). Many of the pieces also include raised patterns and shapes that add dimension to the subject matter -- flowering plants, birds, mammals and sea creatures, often shown in their natural settings.

In many cases, the decoration depicts the use of the dish. For instance, seafood plates feature oysters or lobsters. Ice cream dishes feature snowy scenes with snowshoes. Dinner platters display the regal American wild turkey.

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THE HAND PAINTED EAGLE ON THE HAYES OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA IS A REPLICA OF THE OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL EMBLEM

As with many White House china collections, the Hayes china features distinctive verso markings that make it easy to authenticate its provenance. These include a beautiful polychrome eagle in the same pose as is used for the official emblem of the President of the United States. Some of the Hayes designs were also produced for purchase by the public. These are easily differentiated, as their verso markings show a blue 1880 patent mark instead of the 1879 pennant mark. Both the Presidential China made for the public as well as The White House are scarce.

The Hayes china was delivered to the White House in June of 1879. With it came an 88-page booklet which listed the pieces in the collection, the 16 artists who participated in creating the designs and decoration and 67 pen-and-ink illustrations of some of the pieces, along with written descriptions.

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FIRST LADY LUCY WEBB HAYES (1831-1889)

The new china was first used in November, 1880 when President and Mrs. Hayes hosted a small gathering for President-elect and Mrs. James Garfield. The following month, the china debuted at an official state dinner that honored former President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, culminating their around-the-world trip. This was also a relatively small dinner. There were only 40 invitees, but they represented the nation’s top leadership, from members of the Cabinet and Congress to Supreme Court Justices and high-ranking military officers.

By today’s standards, Rutherford Hayes’ White House china was a small collection – just 562 total pieces for nine courses, compared to current presidential sets that often include more than 300 place settings, thus equaling over 2,000 pieces. Naturally, formal state dinners today frequently seat far more dignitaries than were invited by presidents of old.

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World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a remarkable number of scarce or rare pieces of official White House China. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical artifacts has been his sole focus for more than 35 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.

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Rutherford B. Hayes: One Tough Cookie

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

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RUTHERFORD B. HAYES (1822-1893)
OUR 19TH PRESIDENT (1877-1881)

Our 19th president may not be the most famous or the most decorated Civil War hero, but he certainly was one of the most durable. We can’t help but admire his resilience, courage and dedication. During his four years of service, Rutherford B. Hayes was wounded four times, once quite severely. He also had four horses shot out from under him.

Five US presidents actually served during the Civil War, although Hayes was the only one who was wounded. After the war, General Ulysses S. Grant wrote that Hayes’ conduct on the field “was marked by conspicuous gallantry as well as the display of qualities of a higher order than that of mere personal daring.”

A Harvard-educated lawyer, Rutherford B. Hayes opposed slavery. When the Republican Party was formed in the 1850s to oppose expansion of slavery, Hayes became an active member where he lived in Cincinnati. He enlisted to fight with the Union in 1861 after Confederate soldiers fired on Fort Sumter. Hayes suffered his first war wound – to the knee – early on when his regiment was conducting raids against Confederates in West Virginia.

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ELEGANT HAND-PAINTED DESSERT PLATE FROM THE HAYES WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION FEATURES A COLORFUL BALTIMORE ORIOLE - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION.
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In September of 1862, Hayes was injured much more seriously during the Battle of South Mountain in Maryland. A Lt. Colonel at the time, Hayes and his men spearheaded an attack at Fox’s Gap. His journal entries describe heavy fighting leading up to his injury:

“Just as I gave the command to charge I felt a stunning blow and found a musket ball had struck my left arm just above the elbow. Fearing that an artery might be cut, I asked a soldier near me to tie my handkerchief above the wound. I soon felt weak, faint, and sick at the stomach.” Hayes notes he laid down and was “pretty comfortable.”

His journal continues, “I was perhaps twenty feet behind the line of my men, and could form a pretty accurate notion of the way the fight was going. The enemy's fire was occasionally very heavy; balls passed near my face and hit the ground all around me. I could see wounded men staggering or carried to the rear.”

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A RARE AND ORNATE FISH PLATTER FROM THE HAYES SERVICE. HAND-PAINTED IN 1880 BY THEODORE R. DAVIS - PART OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION.

As fighting positions changed, Hayes eventually realized he was lying between the enemy and his own soldiers. He was rescued under fire and moved to another position where he could continue to manage the assault. Following the battle, he was treated at a field hospital and billeted with a local family for several weeks while he recuperated. Then he went back to active duty. His fourth and final wound came during the Battle of Cedar Creek in 1864.

Rutherford B. Hayes was nominated to run for Congress in 1864. However, the war was still raging. He refused to actively campaign, explaining in a letter, “An officer fit for duty who at this crisis would abandon his post to electioneer for a seat in Congress ought to be scalped.”

Later in life, Rutherford B. Hayes described his Civil War action as “the best years of our lives.” Despite being injured four times, General Hayes was not the most-often-wounded officer in the Civil War. But Hayes was one tough cookie!

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Rutherford B Hayes: A 19th-Century President of Firsts

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Dec 04, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Rutherford B. Hayes was our 19th president. Although for many people he is one of our lesser-known leaders, he was in fact a president of many “firsts.”

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19TH PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES

Born in Ohio in 1822, Hayes graduated from Kenyon College as valedictorian of his class, then went on to Harvard Law School, graduating in 1845. He married Lucy Webb in 1852. She became the first presidential wife to have graduated from college and the first to be called “First Lady.”

A Republican and opposed to slavery, Hayes fought for the Union in the Civil War and was wounded four times, at least once very severely. While still serving in the Army, he was nominated and elected to Congress, essentially in absentia, since he refused to leave to campaign for office, saying “an officer fit for duty who at this crisis would abandon his post to electioneer…ought to be scalped.” He didn’t take his seat in the House until after the war ended.

Within two years, he was elected Governor of Ohio, and was starting his third term in 1876 when he was nominated to run for President against New York Governor Samuel J. Tilden. Many Republican luminaries including Mark Twain campaigned for him, but Hayes did not think he would win. In the end, the election outcome was hotly contested -- a precursor to modern-day controversy about popular votes versus electoral votes.

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WHITE HOUSE CHINA OF RUTHERFORD B. HAYES - FROM THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

As it came down to the wire, Tilden had amassed more popular votes than Hayes, along with 185 electoral votes. However, results in three states were under dispute, and together they represented enough electoral votes to push Hayes over the top by one vote. As it turned out, the Electoral Commission which eventually settled the dispute was composed of eight Republicans and seven Democrats. They voted on party lines, giving Hayes that winning vote.

To this day, Hayes remains the only president whose election was decided by the Electoral Commission. As a result, he became the first president to take the oath of office in the White House, doing so in secret because of the tension generated by his election.

As President, Hayes was a strong proponent of education. He also promised to protect the rights of newly-freed African-Americans in southern states. When Congress eliminated funding for troops stationed at southern statehouses and the troops were recalled, he tried to work with southern leaders to continue the protections he had promised, but with only mixed results.

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PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES AND FIRST LADY LUCY WEBB HAYES

Hayes implemented civil service reforms to end patronage, and for his own appointments chose men based on their qualifications for the position. His presidency brought the telephone and typewriter into the White House, and he was the first sitting president to visit the west coast. He started the famous Easter Egg Roll which still takes place every year on the Monday following Easter, and he signed into law important legislation that enabled women attorneys to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rutherford Hayes served just one term as President, something he had promised the nation up front, and retired in 1881 to his home in Fremont, Ohio. From there, he continued to practice his well-known philosophy, “he serves his party best who serves his country best,” focusing on promoting universal education, improving prison conditions and assisting veterans to receive their pensions. He passed away at the age of 70, in 1893.

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World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired pieces from President Benjamin Harrison and Caroline Scott Harrison’s official White House China Collection. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical memorabilia has been his sole focus for more than three decades. His collection is the second largest privately-owned collection of White House 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 form below.

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WHITE HOUSE CHINA - RUTHERFORD B HAYES - WHITE HOUSE CHINA COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Apr 07, 2011 @ 12:29 PM

Featured is an Elegant 9 x 8" Dessert Plate as ordered by President Rutherford B. Hayes, in 1879.  A Highly-Skilled Artist has hand-painted the Baltimore Oriole, and although the plate was Manufactured in France it was Designed in America by Theodore Russell Davis, as requested by President Rutherford B. Hayes & First Lady Lucy Hayes.

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Note the Beautiful Eagle Seal which rests on the verso of the plate and adds important authenticity to it.  Bearing elaborate Depictions of American Flora and Fauna, inspired by the work of French Artists, the new Presidential State Service, from Haviland and Company, was comprised of only 562 Presidential China Pieces, for 9 courses, with a Total of 130 very Distinct Decorations. This Presidential Service, of only 562 pieces, was small when compared to 20th Century orders of Official White House China, as ordered by modern Presidents.

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This new and Artistic Presidential State Service was first used for an intimate dinner given by President Rutherford B. Hayes for President-elect and Mrs. James Garfield in November of 1880.  It's very first use, for an Official State Dinner form of entertainment, was for the formal dinner given in honor of former President Grant and his First Lady. This was in honor of their return from a triumphal tour around the World.  This White House State Dinner, for only 40, was given on December 20, 1880, with Members of the Cabinet, Supreme Court, and Congress, and Military Officers, with several civilians also present.raleigh degeer amyx,rutherford b. hayes,the raleigh degeer amyx collection,PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES & LUCY WARE WEBB HAYES 

The above Stunning piece of Official White House China is currently, in the well-known Presidential China Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. The Amyx Collection currently has on Exhibit over 100 Pieces of Official White House China.

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