Gorgeous official White House china plate featuring the design ordered by President Benjamin Harrison, made by Tressemanes and Vogt of Limoges, France. The dessert, or 'bread and butter,' plate measures 6″ in diameter, features a beautifully-colored stylized US coat of arms (eagle and shield) in the center, and the gilt outlines of goldenrod and corn husks on the dark navy blue border. The eagle is encircled by 44 gilt stars, representing the states of the union. Reverse is marked, "T. V. France, Decore pour M. W. Beveridge. Washington, D C., Harrison 1892." In fine condition. Includes a letter of provenance on a White House card by Lillian Rogers Parks, who was a housekeeper and seamstress at the White House for over 30 years, from President Hoover through President Eisenhower, in part: "The 6″ bread & butter White House plates are marked 'Harrison 1892' on the back. They came to me through my mother, Maggie Rogers, who worked as First Maid of the W. H. from 1909-1939." Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.
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