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White House China: Press Album

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  • Sauceboat, Sugar Bowl and Dinner Plate
    Royal Porcelain Manufactory
    china service
    These gilded porcelain pieces, including a sauceboat, a sugarbowl, and a dinner plate, came into George and Martha Washington's possession during the late 18th century. Washington purchased the sauce boat from the former French minister, the Comte de Moustier, in 1790. Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Sevres, France, manufactured the sauce boat. The Chinese export dinner plate, featuring a blue "Fitzhugh" border and the badge of the Society of the Cincinnati, was purchased for Washington by General Henry Lee in 1786.
  • Soup Tureen and Stand, Preserves Stand
    Royal Porcelain Manufactory
    china service
    These French porcelain serving pieces, including a soup tureen and stand and a preserves stand, were made at the Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Sevres, France, in 1782. John and Abigail Adams may have acquired their pieces during their time abroad when Adams served as the minister to France between 1784 and 1785.
  • Dinner Plate, Madison Personal Service
    Nast Factory
    china service
    This porcelain and gilt dinner plate was made by the Nast manufactory of Paris circa 1806. James and Dolley Madison personally purchased the porcelain service with this pattern while Madison served as Thomas Jefferson's secretary of state. The service may have been used in Washington, D.C. during Madison's presidency in the post-1814 residences and at their Virginia estate, Montpelier. It was acquired for the White House by the White House Historical Association in 1976.
  • Dessert Cooler and Soup Tureen, Madison Administration
    Nast Factory
    china service
    This porcelain and gilt relief set, including a dessert cooler and a soup tureen, was made by the Nast factory of Paris circa 1806. James and Dolley Madison purchased the cooler and tureen when Madison served as Thomas Jefferson's secretary of state, and later used them in Washington, D.C. during Madison's presidency, and at their Virginia estate, Montpelier. Both were reacquired for the White House by the White House Historical Association in 1976.
  • Deep Dessert Plate in the Monroe State Service
    Edouard D. Honoré
    Pierre-Louis Dagoty
    china service
    This French porcelain dessert plate was made at the Paris factory of Pierre-Louis Dagoty and Edouard D. Honoré in 1817. The plate was part of a state service that President James Monroe selected for the White House. The pattern features an amaranth border with allegorical vignettes representing Strength, the Arts, Commerce, the Sciences, and Agriculture and at the center, an eagle with a shield, banner, olive branch and arrows, reminiscent of the Great Seal of the United States.
  • Dessert Cooler, Monroe State Service
    Edouard D. Honoré
    Pierre-Louis Dagoty
    china service
    This French porcelain dessert cooler was made at the Paris factory of Pierre Louis Dagoty and Edouard D. Honoré in 1817. The cooler, which is missing its cover, was part of a state service that President James Monroe selected for the White House. The pattern features an amaranth border with allegorical vignettes representing Strength, the Arts, Commerce, the Sciences, and Agriculture and a design inspired by the Great Seal of the United States at the center.
  • Dessert Plate, Dessert Cooler, Basket, Monroe State Service
    Pierre-Louis Dagoty
    Edouard D. Honoré
    china service
    These French porcelain serving pieces, including a dessert plate, a dessert cooler, and a basket, were made at the Paris factory of Pierre Louis Dagoty and Edouard D. Honoré in 1817. The pieces were part of a state service that President James Monroe selected for the White House. The pattern features an amaranth border with allegorical vignettes representing Strength, the Arts, Commerce, the Sciences, and Agriculture and a version of the arms of the United States at the center.
  • Compote, Footed Bowl, and Basket From the Monroe Dessert Service
    Pierre-Louis Dagoty
    Edouard D. Honoré
    china service
    These French porcelain serving pieces, including a compote, a footed bowl, and a basket, were made at the Paris factory of Pierre Louis Dagoty and Edouard D. Honoré in 1817. The pieces were part of a state service that President James Monroe selected for the White House. The pattern features an amaranth border with allegorical vignettes representing Strength, the Arts, Commerce, the Sciences, and Agriculture.
  • Saltcellar with Blue Onion Pattern
    Unknown
    china
    This porcelain salt cellar with a blue onion pattern was made in Meissen, Germany, in the early 19th century and acquired by John Quincy Adams and his wife Louisa Catherine Adams while they lived in Europe. Prior to his presidency, Adams served as the minister to the Netherlands, Russia, and Great Britain.
  • Jackson Compote
    Unknown
    china
    compote
    This compote was used by Andrew Jackson at his Tennessee home, The Hermitage. The piece is similar to the gilt-trimmed white china he would have used at the White House.
  • Dessert Plate in the Jackson State Service
    Pierre-Louis Dagoty
    china service
    This French porcelain dessert plate was part of a state service made for the White House by the Parisian firm of Pierre-Louis Dagoty in 1833. President Andrew Jackson selected the service, which features a marbleized blue border and a design likely inspired by Great Seal of the United States at the center.
  • Compote and Oval Serving Dish in the Jackson Service
    Pierre-Louis Dagoty
    china service
    This French porcelain dinnerware, including a compote and an oval serving dish, was part of a state service made for the White House by the Parisian firm of Pierre-Louis Dagoty in 1833. President Andrew Jackson selected the service, which features a marbleized blue border and a design likely inspired by Great Seal of the United States at the center.
  • Vegetable Dish, Soup Plate, Fruit Basket, Dessert Plate, Polk State Service
    Edouard D. Honoré
    china service
    These French porcelain serving pieces, including a vegetable dish, a soup plate, a fruit basket, and a dessert plate, were made for the White House by Edouard D. Honoré of Paris in 1846. President James Polk ordered this pattern for the state service. The pieces feature gilded rims molded in a scroll design and light green details, as well as a version of the shield from the Great Seal of the United States, although this one contains stars in the chief which are not present on the Great Seal or Presidential Seal, and the scroll containing the motto "E Pluribus Unum." The dessert plates also included a large, hand-painted flower.
  • Dinner Plate in the Pierce State Service
    Haughwout & Dailey Co.
    china service
    This French porcelain dinner plate was purchased for the White House from the New York City firm of Haughwout & Dailey in 1853, during the Franklin Pierce administration. The Pierce state dinner service featured blue and gold details. An empty blue and gold escutcheon also appears in the center of this plate.
  • Oval Fruit Basket in the Pierce State Service
    Haughwout & Dailey Co.
    china service
    This French porcelain fruit basket was purchased from the New York City firm of Haughwout & Dailey in 1853 as part of a service that President Franklin Pierce ordered for the White House. The Pierce porcelain features blue and gold scrolls.
  • Compote, Pierce State Service
    Haughwout & Dailey Co.
    china service
    This French porcelain compote was ordered for the White House in 1853 from the New York firm Haughwout & Dailey. The compote was part of the Franklin Pierce state dinner service, which features blue and gold decorations.
  • Centerpiece in the Pierce Service
    Haughwout & Dailey Co.
    china service
    This French porcelain centerpiece was purchased from the New York City firm of Haughwout & Dailey in 1853 as part of the state service that President Franklin Pierce ordered for the White House. The three figures that support the large bowl are made of Parian ware, a type of bisque porcelain that resembles carved marble. The centerpiece became one of the best known items in the presidential china collection after First Lady Caroline Harrison discovered it in the White House attic in the 1890s.
  • Dinner Plate in the Lincoln State Service
    E.V. Haughwout & Co.
    china service
    This French porcelain dinner plate was part of the "royal purple" or "Solferino" state service first purchased for the White House from the New York firm E.V. Haughwout & Co. in 1861. The service was first ordered during Abraham Lincoln's administration and reordered through the 1880s. The plate features a royal purple border lined with gold dots and a gold cable pattern, as well as a design inspired by the Great Seal of the United States.
  • Punch Bowl in the Lincoln State Service
    E.V. Haughwout & Co.
    china service
    This French porcelain punch bowl was part of the "royal purple" or "Solferino" state service first purchased for the White House from the New York firm E.V. Haughwout & Co. in 1861. The service was first ordered during Abraham Lincoln's administration and reordered through the 1880s. The pattern includes a royal purple border and gold details.
  • Oval Fruit Basket, Compote, Round Fruit Basket in the Lincoln State Service
    E.V. Haughwout & Co.
    china service
    These porcelain dessert serving pieces, including an oval fruit basket, a compote, and a round fruit basket, were made in France and decorated by the New York firm E.V. Haughwout & Co. in 1861. The pieces were part of the "royal purple" or "Solferino" service first ordered for the White House during the Abraham Lincoln administration, and reordered through the 1880s. The pattern includes a design likely inspired by the Great Seal of the United States, featuring an eagle standing atop a shield and holding arrows and an olive branch.
  • Lincoln Royal Purple Service
    E.V. Haughwout & Co.
    china service
    These French-made porcelain serving pieces decorated in New York are from a state service pattern originally selected by Mary Todd Lincoln. Shown from (left to right) are a footed after dinner coffee cup, custard cup, tea cup and saucer, coffee cup and saucer, and fish platter (rear). The pieces were part of the "royal purple" or "Solferino" service first ordered for the White House in 1861, and reordered multiple times throughout the 1880s. The eagle motif that decorates the service was inspired by the Great Seal of the United States.
  • Oval Fruit Basket in the Lincoln State Service
    James K. Kerr
    china service
    This French porcelain fruit basket was part of the "buff and gold" set purchased for the White House from the firm of James K. Kerr of Philadelphia in 1865. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln ordered the china service shortly before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865.
  • Soup Plate in the Lincoln State Service
    James K. Kerr
    china service
    This porcelain soup plate was part of the "buff and gold" set purchased for the White House from the firm of James K. Kerr of Philadelphia in 1865. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln ordered a china service with this pattern shortly before the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in April 1865.
  • Decanter and Fruit Basket
    Haviland & Co.
    china service
    These serving pieces, including a wine glass, a decanter, and a fruit basket, were part of the china and glassware items ordered to supplement the Lincoln services in 1866, during Andrew Johnson's administration. All of the pieces were purchased from E.V. Haughwout & Co. of New York, though the porcelain fruit basket was manufactured in Limoges, France, by Haviland & Co. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln originally selected services in these patterns in 1861.
  • Dinner Plate, Grant Service
    Haviland & Co.
    china service
    This French porcelain dinner plate was made by Haviland & Co. of Limoges, France, between 1870 and 1873. President Ulysses S. Grant first ordered a state dinner service featuring this pattern in 1870, and reordered it in 1873. Along the top edge of the plate is an eagle holding olive branches, likely inspired by the imagery of the Great Seal of the United States and early versions of the President's Seal. The service also features an variety of flowers, including roses, lilacs, peonies, and trumpet vines, as seen here.