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OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA

THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S
SELECT THIS CLASSIC CHOICE FOR THEIR
OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA IN 1861


Official White House China Abraham Lincoln
Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln’s 1861-9.25 inch State Dinner Plate.
Mary Todd Lincoln, (1818-1882), is believed to be the first, First Lady to
play an assertive role in choosing china and furnishings for The White House.
This State Dinner Service was French; imported and decorated by E.V. Haughwout
and Company, New York. Mr. Haughwout and staff hand-painted the Eagle and
clouds, the gilt decoration as well as the color of Solferino (purplish-pink).
The initial order of which this Is one, was for 190 official pieces. Mrs. Lincoln’s elegant choice of china has been appreciated by all First Families
as well as advanced collectors for 150 years or so.

President Abraham Lincoln
ABRAHAM LINCOLN

First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln
MARY TODD LINCOLN

 
MARY TODD LINCOLN & ABRAHAM LINCOLN
THE SECOND TERM - LINCOLN BUFF
HAVILAND CHINA - 1865
Abraham Lincoln's Buff China Service
At the Begining of the 2nd Term of the Abraham Lincoln Administration,
Mary Todd Lincoln ordered, with a tone of urgency, a Buff Set of French
Haviland China, for use in the Executive Mansion. This Official White House
China was to feature more modest decoration and to be more simple in design
than her previously ordered elegant Solferino (Royal Purple) China of 1861.
Only three months prior to the Assassination of President Lincoln, did this
Buff China set finally arrive at The White House. When Andrew Johnson assumed
The Presidency, the Buff China was, in specific writing, turned over to that Administration. Today, a number of examples of The Buff China Remain at
The White House as well as at The Smithsonian Institution.
Lincoln Buff China Serviing Piece
Lincoln Buff China Service
The China in the Amyx Collection, pictured profusly on this site, features a rare 10" Covered Serving Piece. Mrs. Lincoln's urgent order was for this wide banned buff and gold on white. There was a particular hue to the Buff on the original White House order of buff China. The elegant serving dish featured here was known in the original Lincoln order as one of just 4 Serving Pieces described as: "A Vegetable Dish with Cover." This attractive example survives intack; and in near Pristine Condition. The Vegetable Dish Came to the Amyx Collection via historian and author, Robert Doares, of Williamsburg, Virginia. Prior to it's release to the Amyx Collection, it rested at The White House so that the graceful lid, in particular, could be examined by William Allman, The White House Curator.

Covered Serving Piece of Lincol Buff China
GRACEFUL LINCOLN BUFF CHINA 10" SERVING PIECE

There, in The White House, the two gentlemen, (Doares and Allman) met to discuss the Lincoln Buff China Order; and specifically, to Discuss the two primary issues:  
1. To confirm, as closely as possible, the appropriate shade of the Hue of the Buff and,  2. To determine in February 2010, that the maker of this Lincoln aquisition to The White House China Collection in Early 1865, was indeed The Haviland Company. After Doares and Allman's Caring and dual examination, this Lincoln Vegetable Serving Bowl and Lid was enroute to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx for inclusion into
his Official White House China Collection.

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ATTENTION: Would be pleased to purchase Presidential China from Collectors, Former Lenox, Castleton, Tiffany, Shenango, Wedgwood, Pickard and White House Employees

My name is Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. Currently I posess the most prolific American Presidential China collection in America. However, it is always in the forefront of my mind to keep improving the quality and quantity of this White House China collection.

If you happen to have several examples of Presidential China that are either duplicates, or have less appeal to you today than they once did, then feel free to contact me immediately using the contact form or phone number below - I would be very interested in buying your sample Presidential pieces. With the above in mind, please know that all contacts from you to me are to remain totally confidential in nature. You will find me a fair man.

Please feel free to review the current Presidential China pieces in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection on this website. However, I have multiple floor-to-near-ceiling lighted and mirrored cases awaiting additional and/or duplicate Official White House China examples to include along with existing highlights.

 

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SPECIAL NOTE:
Mr. Amyx is always looking for new and interesting additions to this portion of the collection, via trade and/or purchase. Also, some items may be available for purchase.
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