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Hawaiian waters inspire Obama china

When the president of the United States hosts official state dinners, fine china is a must.

And there is plenty in the White House cupboards to choose from because, through the years, various administrations have commissioned their own, although there is no requirement that they do so.


The most recent addition is the Barack Obama china, which is white trimmed in a hue of blue that was inspired by the waters of his native Hawaii and made in his now-home-state of Illinois.

The china comes in an 11-piece setting, and there are settings for 320 people.

The White House did not disclose the cost of the china unveiled last month. The cost is covered by a private fund that is administered by the White House Historical Association and used to buy fine and decorative arts for the White House.

The service that then-first lady Laura Bush unveiled in January 2009 cost $493,000.

The Obama blue is called Kailua Blue; Kailua is a community on the windward side of the island of Oahu. The blue is framed by a textured gold rim and a simple gold inner line, and it appears on all pieces of the service except for the dinner and serving plates.

The dinner plates are solid white edged in gold; the service plates have a wide gold rim and the presidential coat of arms at the center.

Each setting includes a first for presidential tableware — an individual tureen that can be used for soup or dessert.

Pickard China of Antioch, Ill., produced the dinnerware. The company has made dinnerware for use at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland and aboard Air Force One, but it has never before made any of the official White House china.

“If you’ve seen our state dinners, we really do a lot of mixing and matching — sometimes because we really do not have enough, sometimes because we’re trying to create a new modern, different, edgy kind of look,” Michelle Obama told Architectural Digest.

“This Kailua Blue is one of those colors that will complement some of the other pieces already in the collection in a way that’s elegant, and I think it will be timeless,” she said.

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