Win A Trip To The White House – In 1918, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson visited Dulin & Martin Co., a fashionable shop in Washington D.C., and fell in love with the quality and design of Lenox fine bone china. Her quest to have Made in America on the White House dinner table ignited a long and passionate tradition. This October, we celebrate Made in America and Lenox while we wait with baited breath during each election milestone (south of our border). We know The Donald is pushing for gold, but what will Bill choose as First Gentleman? What is certain, is that Lenox will continue to be a valued member of the William Ashley family for years to come.
In 1889, Walter Scott Lenox opened the first art studio styled ceramics workshop in Trenton New Jersey, ‘the Staffordshire of America.’ The fashion for formal entertaining at home in the 20th century propulsed Lenox into the forefront of high quality dinnerware internationally. Some of the very first pieces produced by Walter Lenox himself are on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Mrs. Wilson chose a cobalt blue and gold combination, which has remained a classic look for over a hundred years. The service was first used at a dinner for the Dutch Royal Family.
During the great depression, Lady Eleanor Roosevelt changed to a marine-blue border, inspired by Franklin’s love of all things nautical. Forty-eight gold stars and details from the family crest were added to complete the official look.
The Truman’s introduced a softer pallette, with a celadon green border and a standardized American seal. The eagle in the crest turned, gazing at the olive branch, as a gesture towards peace.
The Reagan years gave way to flash and wide shoulders. It was a perfect time to add Nancy Reagan’s favourite bold red accent to the White House table. The exact shade of red turned out to be a steep challenge for the design team. (Let’s just say, the shade seemed to be a moving target.)
Hillary focused on the bicentennial of the White House building itself as muse for the Clinton settings. Architectural details were taken from the historic building and transferred to the sets, adding to the unique nature of each piece.
Laura Bush pulled in the White House flower designer to help define a colour that would go with any floral arrangement. That colour turned out to be a short shade of green.