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Presidential Pattern "Hayes" Oyster Plate c 1880 RARE !

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Presidential Pattern "Hayes" Oyster Plate c 1880 RARE !
RARE ! and exceptional opportunity to own a piece of Americana: Oyster Plate(s) designed by Theodore Davis and produced by Haviland Limoges, France Circa 1880. A five well design surrounded by southern raccoon oysters which have the outside of the shells showing. Often referred to as the “turkey” oyster plate for the outline of these shells are in the shape of a turkey. This presidential service caused intense and incredible interest due to its great expense, and impressive design. So much so that the artist took out a patent with the approval of the office and was able to reproduce a small amount with the seal of the President. As quoted from a recent Christies Catalog: “The pattern for the innovative service commissioned by Rutherford B. Hayes' administration was the result of a collaboration between the First Lady and Harper's Weekly artist Theodore Davis. Even though each piece was individually executed at the Limoges factory in France, the design and concept was in every way American. Decorated with different representations of American flora, fauna and wildlife this service truly reflects the artistic trends in America at the time. Furthermore, as seen in the present example of the oyster dish, Haviland did not conform to conventional shapes. The present lot has five oyster shaped recesses highlighted with gilding. " First Lady Lucy Hayes goal in the design was based on the thought that showcasing all regions of the country would nurture pride in the wake of the horrendous War between the states. She worked extensively with the artist Theodore Davis who at the time was a highly regarded artist with Harper’s Weekly magazine. The flora, fauna, colorways, and gilding along with the realistic sea life in these plates are still unmatched in the art of specialty dinnerware. Having been designed for a president of the United States makes these pieces incredibly desirable for collectors of Americana . Truly one of the most sought after patterns for rare and collectible porcelain. Museum Quality. 10 Available

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