Cup

From a service for Ulysses S. Grant (President, 1869-1877)

Made by Haviland & Co., Limoges, France, 1842 - present. Retailed by J. W. Boteler and Brother, Washington, D.C., 1867 - 1881.

Geography:
Probably made in Limoges, France, Europe

Period:
Victorian

Date:
1870

Medium:
Porcelain with enamel and gilt decoration

Dimensions:
2 3/16 × 4 1/4 × 3 1/2 inches (5.6 × 10.8 × 8.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 106, American Art, first floor (McNeil Gallery)

Accession Number:
2006-3-131

Credit Line:
Gift of the McNeil Americana Collection, 2006

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Porcelains acquired for the White House during the Grant administration and for the family’s personal use at that time exemplify the continued American preference for French products, and, more specifically, for those of the French-American firm Haviland and Company at Limoges.

White House employees recalled that the “rose band dinner set” was used by President Grant and his family for less formal occasions, especially breakfast.

Additional information:
  • PublicationAmerican Presidential China: The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885)
    President, 1869–77

    Porcelains acquired for the White House during the Grant administration and for the family’s personal use at that time exemplify the continued American preference for French products, and, more specifically, for those of the French-American firm Haviland and Company at Limoges.

    White House employees recalled that the “rose band dinner set” was used by President Grant and his family for less formal occasions, especially breakfast.1 It was delivered in January 1870, ahead of the state service, and also had been purchased from Haviland and Company of Limoges through J. W. Boteler and Brother of Washington, D.C. Several pieces of this service were sold at auction during the Arthur administration when they were thought to have been from the Pierce administration. Susan Gray Detweiler, from American Presidential China: The Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2008), p. 57.

    Notes:
    1) Klapthor et al., Official White House China, p. 93.


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