Dessert Plate

From a service for William McKinley (President 1897-1901)

Made by Knowles, Taylor and Knowles Company, East Liverpool, Ohio, 1854 - 1929

Made in East Liverpool, Ohio, United States, North and Central America



Porcelain with printed, enamel, and gilt decoration

Diameter: 7 11/16 inches (19.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

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

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the McNeil Americana Collection, 2006

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

    William McKinley (1843-1901)
    President, 1897-1901

    Knowles, Taylor and Knowles of East Liverpool, Ohio, delivered three dozen bone china plates to the White House in November 1898, the first entirely American-made china acquired for the executive mansion. The design included the Great Seal of the United States in the center with gold tracery on a wide border of cobalt blue. According to Colonel John N. Taylor, president of the company and a political ally of McKinley’s, the plates were criticized “severely and seemed to give such poor satisfaction that I have felt it would be wrong to ask pay for them.”1 Susan Gray Detweiler, from American Presidential China: The Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2008), pp. 71-72.

    1) Klapthor et al., Official White House China, p. 143.

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