Thomas Jefferson circa 1790’s China Acquired by The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection

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Renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx recently acquired Chinese export china that was part of the circa 1790’s private collection owned by President Thomas Jefferson, used at Monticello. Jefferson’s monogrammed initial “J ”, personal motto and other symbols are staunch reminders of Jefferson’s important role in the early formation of the United States of America. Mr. Amyx is fortunate to have acquired this private collection which was held by Jefferson’s very own descendants for many years.

Thomas Jefferson presidential china

A piece of Thomas Jefferson's presidential china, now in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection

'From the dining table of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson - a stunning body of Jefferson's own monogrammed ' J ', 1790's Chinese Export porcelain is at last located - truly a momentous find,' stated Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

World renowned historian and collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired a number of stunning pieces of Thomas Jefferson’s circa 1790’s Chinese export china collection, which was used at Monticello and remains intact after 200 years.

Mr. Amyx is proud to add founding father Thomas Jefferson’s distinctive personal Chinese export china collection, circa 1790 to his numerous presidential pieces. He has a growing fondness for the life and accomplishments of our third President, Thomas Jefferson, along with a long list of achievements included the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and laying the foundation for the separation of church and state.

"From the dining table of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson - a stunning body of Jefferson's own monogrammed " J ", 1790's Chinese Export porcelain is at last located - truly a momentous find," stated Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

It should be noted that this monogrammed “J ” dinner service has been featured in the Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and four distinguished pieces were gifted, over 100 years ago, to the White House by heirs of Thomas Jefferson.

Some of the pieces of the Thomas Jefferson Monticello china collection include dinner plates, soup bowls, a serving bowl, a serving tureen and cover, sauce-boats with leaf-shaped saucers. In addition, Mr. Amyx even has a Chinese export “ T.J.” teacup and saucer used at Thomas Jefferson’s brother Randolph Jefferson’s residence property, Snowden, just south of Monticello.

This personal dinnerware is very rare. It had been sold after Jefferson’s death to pay his debts but his descendants knew of it and, well over 100 years ago, they were finally able to locate it and reacquire it. Mr. Amyx considers it to be a favorite addition to his collection due to Jefferson’s historical significance as well as the elegant appearance of this 1790’s dinnerware. Its symbolism and the founding times of our nation add to making this rare “ J “ porcelain quite exceptional.

For several decades, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has dedicated his efforts to collecting and preserving history. Mr. Amyx has accumulated one of the largest private American historical collections related to presidential couples, statesmen, veterans, celebrities and events that are of significant importance to Americans. In his travels, Mr. Amyx’s passion for historical artifacts has enabled him to become acquainted with many internationally significant individuals and people from their inner circles. The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection has been featured on numerous television programs as well as in newspapers and books. Mr. Amyx’s acquisition, authentication, and appraisal knowledge regularly attracts news, documentary and non-fiction authors as well as non-profit organizations to him. He provides, when asked, consultation for presidential libraries, The White House, and The Smithsonian. In addition, portions of Mr. Amyx's Presidential Collection have been exhibited at the Ronald Reagan Library and the Herbert Hoover Library, as well as other Major Non-Profit Entities.

For more information about the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, contact:

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx
(352) 527-9142
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

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