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OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE CHINA - JOHN QUINCY ADAMS

THE ELEGANT PRESIDENTIAL PORCELAIN OF AMERICA'S 6TH PRESIDENT - JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
John Quincy Adams' custard cup
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS - CIRCA 1800 to 1814 ELEGANT ONE-PIECE 3.25" X 6.25" CUSTARD CUP - A HIGHLIGHT OF
THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

During the past decade or so the detailed primary research of this John Quincy Adams pattern was accomplished by the well known historian, Susan Gray Detweiler and Robert L. Mc Neil Jr. Their examples of this exact same illustrated pattern were, upon his death, gifted by Mr. McNeil to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along with the remainder of his superior Presidential Porcelain Collection.

John Quincy Adams' custard cup
EXTRAORDINARILY RARE 9" SQUARE SHALLOW SERVING PIECE CIRCA 1800 to 1814 - THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Later Raleigh DeGeer Amyx further researched this same detailed subject arena, and is of the opinion that the aforementioned Historians are accurate in their research in all respects. If there are any future updates to be added Mr. Amyx will do so promptly, within this outline.



John Quincy Adams (1767-1848). Upon making a gift of a number of pieces to The Smithsonian Institution's Adams-Clement Collection, Mary Louisa Adams Clement (1882-1950), a direct descendant of President John Quincy Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams, stated that a French set was purchased at a private sale by John Quincy Adams, during his service as American Ambassador to Russia from 1809 to 1814.

Significant is the fact that their are only a few surviving pieces that match this same rare custard cup piece. The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection visually shares it's own rarity on this site, just above. Other rare matching pieces, of John Quincy Adams, survive in the collection of The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The White House.

John Quincy Adams portrait

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS - 1767 - 1848 PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A. - 1825-1829

John Quincy Adams' presidential china


Note: Verso markings may not exist on some J.Q. Adams pieces, but then again on another of exact duplication in design, there may or may not be a faint white on white, incised N or BL - or perhaps a mark indicating Crossed Arrows, or nothing at all.

The service verso markings may very well vary. This may simply be due to the fact that this rare J.Q. Adams set may well be an assemblage of ware from two or three factories. And then later the pieces were painted by an independent artist/decorator in Paris, France. This happening was not at all uncommon during that period.


The skillfully painted designs of foliate arabesques, antique cameo reserves, and medallions are rendered in the "Etruscan" style, which were influential in creating the Louis XVI style. The manufacturer/art may well have been accomplished by the Locre' and Russinger's factory, in Paris, circa 1772 to 1823, where creatively designed porcelain with printed, enamel and artistic gilt decor was prepared for final distribution to the purchaser.


To be a bit more specific, historically, the pictured at top (circa 1800-1814) circular custard cup - an impressive, one-piece 3.25" x 6.25" oval saucer set with circular cup - is of neo-classical design. This scarce one piece artistic Presidential porcelain features a large, gold rosette at the center, and the rim's several decorative panels combine lavender/pink, red, and gold. Each artistic panel, has creative figures that resemble seahorses, with alternating shells, separated with blue and yellow motifs.

In the French manner it is extensively gilded. The Adams's used the James Monroe service for their Official White House China state dining purposes, as well as their very own John Quincy Adams pattern, just as depicted in top illustrated photograph.

Louisa Catherine Adams portrait

LOUISA CATHERINE ADAMS - BORN IN LONDON - 1775-1852. AMERICA'S FIRST LADY 1825 TO 1829.

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The John Quincy Adams Presidential pieces in the collection above may soon be available for selling or trading to someone who has the same shared historical appreciation for a museum-quality piece of history — as I have for the past quarter of a century plus.  If you have a serious interest, simply fill in the contact form below and I would be pleased to enter into a confidential discussion via telephone with you concerning your interest.

 

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