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White House China of the Lincoln Administration in the Museum of History and Technology   By: (1922-1994)

White House China of the Lincoln Administration in the Museum of History and Technology by Margaret Brown Klapthor

In "White House China of the Lincoln Administration in the Museum of History and Technology," Margaret Brown Klapthor delves into the fascinating world of presidential dinnerware, focusing on the vast collection of White House china that was used during Abraham Lincoln's administration. With meticulous research and a keen eye for detail, Klapthor brings to life the intricate history and significance of each piece in this extensive collection.

The book begins with an insightful introduction, providing a historical backdrop to the era and explaining the importance of White House china as a symbol of national identity. Klapthor describes the sourcing, designing, and manufacturing processes behind each set, showcasing the immense level of craftsmanship involved in producing these exquisite pieces. She also sheds light on the political and social implications of the china, highlighting how they were used to convey diplomatic messages and represent the country's taste and style.

One of the book's noteworthy strengths lies in the author's ability to relate the significance of the china to the broader context of Lincoln's presidency. Klapthor effortlessly weaves together anecdotes and historical facts, giving readers a deeper understanding of the challenges and triumphs of the Lincoln administration. Furthermore, she skillfully explores the influence of changing aesthetics and American culture on the design choices of the china, providing valuable insights for both history buffs and art enthusiasts.

Klapthor's passion for her subject matter is evident throughout the book, as she communicates her extensive knowledge in a clear and engaging manner. She carefully examines each set of china, unraveling the stories behind their creation and the symbolism embedded within the designs. From the mesmerizing Solferino pattern to the intriguing "Banqueting State Service," readers will find themselves captivated by the hidden narratives encompassed within these seemingly ordinary objects.

While the book primarily focuses on the china itself, Klapthor also delves into the fascinating accounts of the people who played a role in its creation and preservation. Through detailed biographies and firsthand accounts, she introduces readers to the artisans, designers, importers, and collectors who contributed to the rich history of White House china. This human element adds depth and personalization to the overall narrative, creating a well-rounded and engaging reading experience.

However, one minor drawback of the book is its heavy reliance on technical terminology related to ceramics and porcelain. While this level of detail is undoubtedly appreciated by experts in the field, it might prove overwhelming for casual readers who are not familiar with such technical jargon. Additionally, a few more visual illustrations could have further enhanced the reader's experience and allowed for a better appreciation of the fine details discussed in the text.

In conclusion, "White House China of the Lincoln Administration in the Museum of History and Technology" is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the intersection of history, art, and politics. Margaret Brown Klapthor's meticulous research and passion for her subject shine through in this informative and engaging book. Through her vivid descriptions and meticulous attention to detail, she brings to life the enduring legacy of White House china during one of the most pivotal periods in American history.

First Page:

UNITED STATES NATIONAL MUSEUM BULLETIN 250 CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY PAPER 62, PAGES 109 120

WHITE HOUSE CHINA OF THE LINCOLN ADMINISTRATION IN THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY Margaret Brown Klapthor

SMITHSONIAN PRESS WASHINGTON, D.C. 1967

[Illustration: WHITE HOUSE COLLECTION

Figure 1: A TABLE SETTING showing the Lincoln china being used for a luncheon during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson.]

Margaret Brown Klapthor

WHITE HOUSE CHINA OF THE LINCOLN ADMINISTRATION

In the Museum of History and Technology

This article on the china of the administration of President Abraham Lincoln is intended to be the first of a series of articles on Presidential china based on the collection in the Smithsonian Institution. From contemporary records in National Archives, newspaper articles and family records it is our hope to assemble material which will ultimately present the story of White House and Presidential china of every administration. Myths and facts surrounding this interesting topic will be examined and presented to assist the many collectors of this porcelain as well as others who admire and appreciate its historical interest.

In this first article, the author describes the efforts of Mrs... Continue reading book >>




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