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Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series

The White House’s Official China

Afternoon Course

Monday, February 28, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0207
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Service plate from the George W. Bush State service (Photo courtesy of the White House Historical Association)

Save when you purchase the Lunchtime with a Curator winter series!

Join curator Elizabeth Lay, a regular lecturer on the topics of fashion, textiles, and American furniture, for an image-rich lunchtime lecture series focusing on decorative arts and design topics.

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The White House’s Official China

William G. Allman, retired curator of the White House, looks at how presidents have set their splendid tables. He surveys some of the 23 state services; how they have been designed and acquired; their ongoing usage and storage; and their exhibition in the White House’s china collection. He also traces how some pieces that have gotten away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have been returned or have been added to the collections of the Smithsonian and private owners. His books include Official White House China: From the 18th to the 21st Centuries published by the White House Historical Association in 2016.

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