The Hayes State Service is one of the most well known State sets and at the time of its creation was one of the most controversial. These beautifully detailed pieces have a theme of nature and the American outdoors. The pieces are widely varied, some depicting scenery and animals, and some made to look like a natural object itself. This service was patented and recreated and duplicated for the public, and the pieces are dated and marked as such. The service was based off of the design and watercolor drawings of artist Theodore R. Davis after a chance meeting between himself and the First Lady. Creating the set was a burdensome process because of the difficulty of transferring the artwork to the china pieces as well as the intricacy of the different pieces themselves. The set was a source of curiosity for Washington society at the time and continues to be popular.
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