Through the doors of the flower-adorned Palm Room and down the same hall where Jackie Kennedy gave her in 1962, there's a White House room filled with pieces of history. But those pieces don't come in the forms of portraits and literature — rather they come in the form of beautifully-designed China representative of administrations past.
And the most recent addition to the collection is, simply put, stunning.
Known as the Obama State China Service, it consists of 320 eleven-piece place settings that have meaning for both President Barack Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Featuring a color inspired by the waters off The President's home state of Hawaii known as "Kailua Blue," the collection was created by the American manufacturer from Mrs. Obama's home state of Illinois.
Additionally, the gold presidential coat of arms appears on the service plate and dessert plate (and on the side of the coffee or tea cup), as these are the first and last forms seen on the table at a formal White House dinner.
Planning for the pieces began in the fall of 2011, as The First Lady and consulted with members of the White House Residence staff, including chefs and , in order to design something modern, practical, and complimentary to preceding services. Funding was provided by the .
And while the China won't be officially used until the Japan State Dinner on Tuesday, you can take an exclusive look at the collection below.