Bread and Butter Plate

From a state dinner, dessert, and breakfast service for Theodore Roosevelt (President 1901-1909)

Wedgwood factory, Etruria, England, 1759 - present. Imported by Van Heusen Charles Company, Albany. Designed by John Goodwin, English, 1867 - 1949.

Made in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, Europe


Hard paste porcelain, lead glaze, printed, enamel and gilded decoration

5/8 x 5 13/16 inches (1.6 x 14.8 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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Additional information:
  • PublicationAmerican Presidential China: The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
    President, 1901-9

    Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt (1861-1948) ordered a new state service for 120 to harmonize with the renovation and redecoration of the White House by McKim, Mead and White in 1902. She chose a Wedgwood pattern, then called “Ulanda,” from among several English and Continental porcelain samples submitted by the Van Heusen Charles Company of Albany, New York.1 Wedgwood customized the decoration by adding the Great Seal of the United States in a circular reserve on the border design of simple, radiating gold lines. Susan Gray Detweiler, from American Presidential China: The Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2008), p. 73.

    1) Klapthor, Margaret Brown, et al. Official White House China. 2d ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams, p. 146.

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