• Important American Furniture,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2200

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art & Prints

    30 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 110

    A James K. Polk (President 1845-1849) Presidential Pattern Plate


    Price Realised  


    A James K. Polk (President 1845-1849) Presidential Pattern Plate
    19th Century
    The underside bears printed mark of Edouard Honoré, some chips
    9 in. diameter

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    Purchased by James K. Polk's administration in 1846 from Alexander Stewart & Co. in New York City, the decorative elements, shape and origin of this service clearly demonstrate the French rococo style which was the current fashion. Contrary to previous presidential commissions, this particular pattern reflects a renewed sense of nationalism as it is the first to bear the red, white and blue emblem along with the motto of the United States of America in its design. For further information on this pattern, see Margaret Brown Klapthor's White House China: 1789 to the Present, Second Edition, New York, 1999, p. 67-75. Another example from the same dessert service is illustrated on p.70.

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