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Official White House China: 1789 to the Present

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Evoking distinguished gatherings of royalty, diplomats, politicians, and celebrities at the nation's First Table, Official White House China documents more than 200 years of porcelains purchased for presidential entertaining. From George Washington's personally selected French and Chinese porcelains to the gold-encrusted American china used for state dinners throughout the years, this book reveals trends in taste and culture that reflect both personal and national aspirations. This Second Edition has added essays...
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Overview

Evoking distinguished gatherings of royalty, diplomats, politicians, and celebrities at the nation's First Table, Official White House China documents more than 200 years of porcelains purchased for presidential entertaining. From George Washington's personally selected French and Chinese porcelains to the gold-encrusted American china used for state dinners throughout the years, this book reveals trends in taste and culture that reflect both personal and national aspirations. This Second Edition has added essays by White House curators that enrich the original text and offer new information on porcelain acquired for the White House since 1975.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810939936
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 8
Introduction to Second Edition 14
Sources of Information 15
I The Period of French Influence, 1789-1845 18
George Washington 21
John Adams 27
Thomas Jefferson 31
James Madison 34
James Monroe 40
John Quincy Adams 48
Andrew Jackson 54
Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, and John Tyler 62
II The Nationalistic Period, 1845-1893 66
James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore 68
Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan 76
Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson 82
Ulysses S. Grant 93
Rutherford B. Hayes and James A. Garfield 102
Chester A. Arthur and Grover Cleveland 122
Benjamin Harrison 127
III The Contemporary Period, 1893 to the Present 132
Grover Cleveland and William McKinley 134
Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft 145
Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover 152
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy 159
Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and Jimmy Carter 172
Ronald W. Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and William J. Clinton 184
Notes 193
Appendixes 201
I The White House Porcelain Service, 1879. (Reprint of the publication by Haviland & Co. on the Rutherford B. Hayes state dinner service) 201
II Guide to marks on china of the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes 289
III Guide to marks on china of the administration of Benjamin Harrison 290
IV Examples from services related to White House China 291
V Cautions to the Collector 294
Acknowledgments 296
Index 298
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