First lady Laura Bush showed off a new gold-rimmed set of official George W. Bush state china on Wednesday, with less than two weeks to use it before the family packs up for Texas.
The $493,000 set was inspired by a few pieces of green basketweave-patterned French china in the White House collection believed to have come from James and Dolley Madison. It was paid for by a privately funded trust of the White House Historical Association, which also purchased a second, less formal set.
Laura Bush said the china has been in the works for several years and the family had hoped to be able to use it, but the process took longer than expected.
“So I hope that the next family, and I know they will be happy to have these two sets as well, to be able to entertain their heads of state that come in, as well as for their closest family and friends,” she said in the White House Family Dining Room.
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