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Lot 659: ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHITE HOUSE LIMOGES PORCELAIN DINNER PLATE

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

June 21, 2014
Mt. Crawford, VA, US

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Description

ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHITE HOUSE LIMOGES PORCELAIN DINNER PLATE, scallop-mold rim, decorated with the so-called "Alhambra" pattern in gold to the inner border and with the Solferino purple band to the shoulder, bracketed by slender gold lines, center painted by Edward Lycett in New York with an American Eagle atop an American shield before a rising sun and surrounded by a circular border of clouds, the eagle holding arrows and olive branches in its talons, above a pink banderole containing the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM". The plate underside blank except for an incised "22", possibly indicating the plate size in France. Ordered by Mary Todd Lincoln in New York in 1861.

Dimensions

9 1/2" D.

Date

Circa 1860-1861.

Condition Report

Rim with a 1 1/2" x 4" glued break and associated 1/4" x 3/4" loss, poorly repaired chip to front at break and another to back of rim, table ring with two small chips and bruise, minor gilding wear to edge.

Literature

Literature: Margaret Brown Klapthor - White House China of the Lincoln Administration in the Museum of History and Technology, May 10, 2011 (E-book #36082), details the complete history of the Lincoln service.Margaret Brown Klapthor - Official White House China, 2nd ed., 1999, pp. 82-93.

Provenance

Ex-collection of Dorothy Fowler Cooper, Orchid House, Washington, DC.

Notes

Mary Todd Lincoln and her cousin visited New York City in May of 1861, where her visit to the esteemed E. V. Haughwout & Co. porcelain company was noted in the New York Daily Tribune. Haughwout's was the most prestigious outlet for Haviland china, which was sent undecorated to the US from France. Haughwout's decorating atelier, upstairs from the selling floor, was one of the largest workshops of its kind in the US, where women painters from England and the Continent would decorate porcelains to order. A wood engraving of the saleroom is illustrated by Nathaniel Orr & Company, in the Cosmopolitan Art Journal 3. The plate design of the Lincoln service was initiated in the early 1850s for President Pierce. Haughwout had shown an identical plate at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York, 1853, but for a blue rather than the purple border Mrs. Lincoln later chose. President Pierce decided the service was too lavish for his taste, and ordered a plain, red-rimmed service with a gold edge. By the time the Lincoln's occupied the White House, the red-rimmed Pierce service had seen far better days, with many pieces broken, chipped and worn. There was not enough china to hold a state dinner, and thus Mrs. Lincoln was given funds to address this as well as other house-keeping redecoration after the 1860 election. The Lincoln china was much admired for its fashionable color palette and gilded borders, but the porcelain itself broke easily and was replenished twice after Lincoln's assassination. Furthermore, copies of these plates, with both Haviland marks and the retailer's mark of Botetourt exist and often confuse collectors. This plate is from the original service and was collected sometime in the mid 20th century by Dorothy Fowler Cooper, a prominent Washington, D.C. resident who became known for her orchid growing and floral arrangements. In fact, she is credited with having prepared flowers at the White House for the multiple administrations, from Eisenhower to Nixon.

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2. We offer professional packing and shipping services. Our packing services are billed at $15/hour. It is our policy to double-box all glass, ceramics and fragile items with two to three inches of padding/cushioning between the inner and outer boxes. You may also make your own arrangements for pick up and delivery of your items.

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1. The buyer is responsible for all associated shipping costs.

2. We offer professional packing and shipping services. Our packing services are billed at $15/hour. It is our policy to double-box all glass, ceramics and fragile items with two to three inches of padding/cushioning between the inner and outer boxes. You may also make your own arrangements for pick up and delivery of your items.

3. We DO NOT crate and/or ship furniture, other over-sized items, or items of an unusually fragile nature (i.e. items that are already structurally compromised).

4. Once you receive your initial invoice, you must call, email, or submit our online credit card payment form in order to confirm receipt of your invoice and inform us of your method of payment and plans for shipping or pick up. We will not assume that items are to be shipped. Deadline to contact us is 5:00 PM ET on the Friday following the auction (if sale was held on a weekend) or 5:00 PM ET on the Monday following the auction (if sale was held on a weekday).

5. The buyer is responsible for coordinating pick up or shipment of any merchandise that we do not ship (items must be paid in full before leaving our gallery).

6. We will combine multiple lots whenever possible.

7. Actual shipping cost cannot be determined until the packing process has been completed.

8. Merchandise that we do not ship must be picked up within 2 weeks of the sale date. Items not picked up after 2 weeks will be subject to a monthly storage fee. Any merchandise not removed within 60 days of the sale date will be considered abandoned.

9. Shipping costs are based on the final auction price, delivery zip/postal code, number, size and weight of packages, and packing time.

10. We will gladly provide estimated shipping costs up until one hour prior to closing time the day before the auction. Please contact us with the lot number(s) in which you are interested as well as the delivery zip/postal code and country. It is our sincere intent to provide an accurate shipping estimate (+/- 20% of actual cost), but we are under no obligation to honor the estimated shipping cost quoted prior to the auction.

11. Our preferred carriers are UPS (Domestic) and USPS (Canadian and International). UPS packages with a value of $1,000 or more require an adult signature for delivery.

12. Special requests for alternate shipping methods may result in an additional cost to you. Our UPS account provides for a daily pick up at our facility; therefore, with the exception of Canadian and International shipments, UPS is generally less expensive than USPS. A small handling fee may be charged for packages that must be taken to the Post Office.

13. Insurance is mandatory unless the buyer provides a "waiver of insurance" in writing. Unless the buyer has his or her own insurance, shipping without insurance is not recommended and is at the buyer's risk.

14. Items are packed and shipped in the order in which payment is received. We handle a large volume of shipping after an auction and many buyers win multiple lots, which requires additional packing time. Your patience is appreciated.

15. Any item purchased by an off-site bidder that is shipped out of the state of Virginia is not subject to VA sales tax. EXCEPTION: The buyer is a Virginia resident. In this case the purchase is taxable, unless the buyer is tax exempt and we have a valid Sales & Use Tax Exemption form on file.

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8. NEW FOR 2014: PAYMENT FOR ITEM TOTAL IS DUE WITHIN 5 DAYS OF THE AUCTION (EVEN IF SHIPPING CHARGES ARE PENDING). Applicable shipping cost may be paid separately, after packing is completed. (We pack to ship upon request only and work in order of request. We cannot know actual shipping cost until items are packed.) Any special payment arrangements must be pre-approved by an authorized representative of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates. Such arrangements must be requested in writing, and authorization must be obtained prior to bidding.

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10. Unpaid accounts 30 days post-sale are subject to a 2% monthly finance charge. Unless prearranged with JSE&A, merchandise not removed within 2 weeks of the sale is subject to a storage fee and merchandise not removed or consigned within 60 days of the sale is considered abandoned.

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