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Woody Auction's Jan. 6 online auction features an 1880s Rutherford B. Hayes White House fish platter
The sale, at 9:30 am Central time, will feature Haviland Limoges in presidential style, headlined by a private collection out of Colorado offering an array of quality Haviland Limoges and other fine pieces. Online bidding via LiveAuctioneers.com.
By: Woody Auction
These will include American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG), KPM, Lalique, Haviland terra cotta, Meissen, R. S. Prussia and more. The prize piece is an 1880s President Rutherford B. Hayes White House fish platter with presidential seal, made specifically for private sale. "It's one of the most important pieces of Limoges Woody Auction has ever sold in public auction," said Jason Woody.
The fish platter with historical presidential seal is exceedingly rare and is the auction's expected top lot, with an estimate of $5,000-$8,000. The platter features folded corners that were very difficult to form, a hand-painted fish, the shad, signed "D" (for designer Theodore Davis), and gold netting highlights. It's marked "Haviland & Company".
According to the book Official White House China by Klapthor, details about the set can be found in a reprint of an 1879 publication by Haviland about the state dinner service. The platter would have been expressly made for the public based on the 1880 design. That service is considered the most ambitious and costly of presidential orders. The back of the platter features the full presidential seal and emblem.
Also up for bid is a copy of the book Official White House China, 1798 to the Present.
Lot 114 is a pair of faience (tin glazed earthenware)
Lot 267 is a group of eleven plates marked KPM porcelain, 9 ¼ inches in diameter, each one having an incredible hand-painted animal decor with German names. The group should hit $750-$1,750. There are 35 KPM plates in the sale.
"As with all Woody Auction events, this one will be absolute, without reserves," Mr. Woody said. Here is an online link to the catalog: www.liveauctioneers.com/
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