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  • This photograph by Durston Saylor shows a recreation of the breakfast setting used by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 while staying at Blair House. Blair House is located across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House and is known as the President's Guest House. Visiting diplomats and dignitaries stay at Blair House while on official visits with the White House and is historically where the president-elect and first family reside prior to taking the oath of office. Anna Weatherly made the china used for the setting at a table in the Blair House library. The Queen chose to have her breakfast in the library instead of the many dining rooms in the Blair House complex.
    Keywords: Blair House, place setting, china service, glassware
    Last Modified: 11/29/2016
    File name: 1113081.jpg
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of a large service plate that was created in 2015, and was the first plate in the Obama State service to be displayed. In accordance with tradition, the center of the plate bears the Presidential Coat of Arms. Additionally, the wide rim of the plate is finished in matte gold. The design is similar to the gold-rimmed service plates of the Eisenhower administration acquired in 1955.
    Keywords: china service, plate
    Last Modified: 10/31/2016
    File name: 10099.tif
  • This photograph is of a place setting at the state dinner for Italian President Giovanni Leone of Italy held on September 25, 1974. President Gerald Ford used the Lyndon B. Johnson state service for the meal.
    Keywords: place setting, china service, State Dinner, State Dining Room, State Floor
    Last Modified: 9/7/2016
    File name: 1112225.tif
  • This photograph is of a table setting for a state dinner held on April 15, 1980 for Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel. The Harry S. Truman service, visible here, was often used by President Jimmy Carter for official entertaining.
    Keywords: place setting, china service, State Dinner, State Dining Room, State Floor
    Last Modified: 9/7/2016
    File name: 1112227.tif
  • This photograph is a place setting from the Obama state service laid out for the state dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in March 2016.
    Keywords: place setting, china service, State Dinner
    Last Modified: 9/6/2016
    File name: 1112254.tif
  • This black and white photograph is of White House Maître d' John Ficklin as he sets tables with the Lyndon B. Johnson state china service in preparation of a luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson in the State Dining Room, in 1968.
    Keywords: staff, place setting, china service, State Dining Room, State Floor
    Last Modified: 9/6/2016
    File name: 1112188.tif
  • This photograph is of the East Room decorated for the state dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in March 2016. The Obama state china is visible on the tables.
    Keywords: place setting, china service, State Dinner, East Room, State Floor
    Last Modified: 9/6/2016
    File name: 1112255.tif
  • This photograph is of First Lady Michelle Obama presenting the new state service in the China Room of the White House in April 2015. A Madison plate can be seen on the table. The Obama china drew inspiration from previous state services, including the Madison china.
    Keywords: china, china service
    Last Modified: 9/6/2016
    File name: 1112257.tif
  • This photograph is of tables in the Red Room set with the Johnson state china service in preparation for a State Dinner in January 1976 honoring the Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel.
    Keywords: china, china service, place setting, State Dinner, Red Room, State Floor
    Last Modified: 9/6/2016
    File name: 1112265.tif
  • This state dinner service was made for the White House by Lenox China of Trenton, New Jersey, in 1981, during Ronald Reagan's administration. The Reagan service featured a wide red border with a gilt rim and crosshatch pattern and a raised gold version of the president's arms. Shown here are a desert plate, a bouillon cup and saucer, a service plate and a salad plate.
    Keywords: china, china service
    Last Modified: 9/6/2016
    File name: 1112266.tif
  • This selection of the 200th anniversary china was made by Lenox China of Trenton, New Jersey. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton selected a state service with this design to celebrate the White House's 200th anniversary in 2000. Features in the photo from left to right across the back are a dessert plate, dinner plate, service late, fish plate and a salad plate. In front left to right are a cream soup cup and saucer, a teacup and its accompanying saucer.
    Keywords: china, china service
    Last Modified: 9/6/2016
    File name: 1112267.tif
  • This selection of the Barack Obama state service that was created in 2015 by Pickard China of Antioch, Illinois. The design demonstrates the shift from primary colors used more recently to the new selection of a fluted Kailua Blue, a unique color chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama to represent the blue waters of Hawaii, President Barack Obama's home state. In accordance with tradition, the plate bears the Presidential Coat of Arms. Included in the photo are a service plate, a dinner plate, a dessert plate and a cup and saucer.
    Keywords: china, china service
    Last Modified: 9/6/2016
    File name: 1112268.tif
  • This photograph is of the president's place setting for the state dinner held in honor of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on March 10, 2016. The plate is from the Obama state service.
    Keywords: place setting, china service, State Dinner
    Last Modified: 9/6/2016
    File name: 1112185.tif
  • This photograph of First Lady Nancy Reagan's place setting was taken by Joseph H. Bailey for the National Geographic Service on June 21, 1982, in the State Dining Room at a luncheon for the ladies of the Senate.
    Keywords: State Dining Room, State Floor, china service, plate, flatware, glass, place setting, event
    Last Modified: 4/27/2016
    File name: 7963.tif
  • These French porcelain service pieces, shown here on display in a bookcase in the White House Family Dining Room, were made by Tressemannes and Vogt of Limoges, France, in 1892. They are part of a state china service that President Benjamin Harrison first ordered for the White House. The service featured a dark blue border, corn and goldenrod decorations, 44 gold stars representing the number of states in the Union when Harrison purchased the china and a design similar to the one found on the Lincoln china, with an eagle standing atop a shield, combining similar elements as the iconography from the Great Seal and the Seal of the President.
    Keywords: china service, bookcase, Family Dining Room
    Last Modified: 2/29/2016
    File name: 2764.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of a dessert plate that was created in 2015 by Pickard China in Antioch, Illinois, and was among a set of the last tableware to be seen and used during state service. The design demonstrates the shift from primary colors used more recently in State Dinners to the new selection of a fluted Kailua Blue, a unique color chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama to represent the blue waters of Hawaii, President Barack Obama's home state. In accordance with tradition, the china bears the Presidential Coat of Arms.
    Keywords: china service, plate
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10101.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of a table at the State Dinner honoring President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China, which took place in the State Dining Room on September 25, 2015. A rose, the emblem of the dinner represented throughout, serves to represent the respect and friendship between the two nations. The setting includes state china service chosen by the Clinton family for the 200th Anniversary of the White House.
    Keywords: china service, State Dinning Room, State Dinner
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10115.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of a soup tureen and saucer from the Obama state china. Created in 2015 by Pickard China, these pieces demonstrate the modern, fluted, Kailua Blue color of the Obama state service framed by a classic gold gilt. The tureen is a new addition to the traditional service ware used for service, and represents First Lady Michelle Obama's successful attempt to incorporate modern food service and design with historic characteristics. When speaking with the culinary staff, Mrs. Obama was made aware of the chefs' difficulty with serving soup at State Dinners past because of a lack of the proper service ware. Because of this, Mrs. Obama included the tureen as a practical application.
    Keywords: china service, tureen, saucer
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10105.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of a dinner plate that was created in 2015, inspired by an 1806 service plate of Secretary of State James Madison. The design taken from the Madison china is portrayed in white relief along the lip of the plate. This plate is a representation of First Lady Michelle Obama's desire to incorporate an old, historic style with modern design.
    Keywords: china service, plate
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10107.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is a close up of the glassware and plate in a place setting for the State Dinner honoring President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China. The event took place in the State Dining Room on September 25, 2015. A rose, the emblem of the dinner represented throughout, serves to represent the respect and friendship between the two nations. The setting includes state china service chosen by the Clinton family for the 200th Anniversary of the White House.
    Keywords: china service, State Dinning Room, State Dinner
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10120.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of a place setting with a menu card at the State Dinner honoring President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China, which took place in the State Dining Room on September 25, 2015. A rose, the emblem of the dinner represented throughout, serves to represent the respect and friendship between the two nations. Two roses decorate the cover of the menu card. The setting includes state china service chosen by the Clinton family for the 200th Anniversary of the White House.
    Keywords: china service, State Dinning Room, State Dinner
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10116.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of the makers mark on the back of the Obama State service dish. The Obama china was created in 2015 by Pickard China in Antioch, Illinois.
    Keywords: china service, maker's mark
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10109.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of the President's place setting at the State Dinner honoring President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China. The event took place in the State Dining Room on September 25, 2015. A rose, the emblem of the dinner represented throughout, serves to represent the respect and friendship between the two nations. The setting includes state china service chosen by the Clinton family for the 200th Anniversary of the White House.
    Keywords: china service, State Dinning Room, State Dinner
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10121.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is a close up of President Barack Obama's place card at the State Dinner honoring President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China. The event took place in the State Dining Room on September 25, 2015. A rose, the emblem of the dinner represented throughout, serves to represent the respect and friendship between the two nations. The setting includes state china service chosen by the Clinton family for the 200th Anniversary of the White House.
    Keywords: china service, State Dinning Room, State Dinner
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10124.tif
  • This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of the glassware at the State Dinner honoring President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China. The event took place in the State Dining Room on September 25, 2015. A rose, the emblem of the dinner represented throughout, serves to represent the respect and friendship between the two nations. The setting includes state china service chosen by the Clinton family for the 200th Anniversary of the White House.
    Keywords: china service, State Dinning Room, State Dinner
    Last Modified: 2/26/2016
    File name: 10119.tif