This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer 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 Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1K0207 Select Your Tickets Resize text 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. Session Information 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. Additional Sessions February 14: Embroidered Gardens: 17th- and 18th-Century English and American Textiles March 14: Tiffany Glass from the Neustadt Collection Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.