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  • Obama State Service Large Service Plate
    Pickard China
    china service
    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.
  • Obama State Service Dessert Plate
    Pickard China
    china service
    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.
  • Table Setting, State Dinner in Honor of President Xi and Madame Peng
    Matthew D'Agostino
    china service
    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.
  • Obama State Service Tureen and Saucer
    Pickard China
    china service
    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.
  • Obama State Service Dinner Plate
    Pickard China
    china service
    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.
  • Close up of Glassware and Plate for the State Dinner in Honor of President Xi and Madame Peng
    Matthew D'Agostino
    china service
    State Dinning Room
    State Dinner
    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.
  • Place Setting with Menu Card, State Dinner in Honor of President Xi and Madame Peng
    Matthew D'Agostino
    china service
    State Dinning Room
    State Dinner
    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.
  • Obama State Service Maker's Mark
    Pickard China
    china service
    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.
  • President Barack Obama's Place Setting, State Dinner in Honor of President Xi and Madame Peng
    Matthew D'Agostino
    china service
    State Dinning Room
    State Dinner
    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.
  • President Barack Obama's Place Card, State Dinner in Honor of President Xi and Madame Peng
    Matthew D'Agostino
    china service
    State Dinning Room
    State Dinner
    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.
  • State Dining Room Table decorated for the State Dinner in Honor of President Xi and Madame Peng
    Matthew D'Agostino
    china service
    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.
  • Obama State Service Dessert Cup
    Pickard China
    china service
    This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of a dessert cup that was created in 2015 by Pickard China, and was among a set of the last tableware to be seen and used during state service. In accordance with tradition, the dish bears the Presidential Coat of Arms. Additionally, the trim of the cup 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.
  • Obama State Service Complete Set and Table Settings
    Pickard China
    china service
    This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is of a complete Obama State service set created in 2015 by Pickard China with designs directly requested by First Lady Michelle Obama. The set applies, as desired by Mrs. Obama, modern design, practical food service, and respect for tradition. Unique design features include a representation, in white relief, of an 1806 service plate belonging to Secretary of State Madison, and a shift from primary colors used more recently in State Dinners to the new selection of Kailua Blue, a unique color chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama to represent the blue waters of Hawaii, President Barack Obama's home state. The reliefs portray leaf fronds and pinwheels in the French Empire style. When applied, the Kailua blue is fluted, and surrounded by a textured gold rim, and gilt line.
  • Close up of Menu, State Dinner in Honor of President Xi and Madame Peng
    Matthew D'Agostino
    china service
    State Dinning Room
    State Dinner
    This color photograph by Matthew D'Agostino is a close up of the cover of the menu at the State Dinner honoring President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China. The event took place in the State Dinning 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.