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    James Monroe: His Personal "Landing of Lafayette" Platter. President James Monroe invited the Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis De Lafayette, to visit America and be the "Nation's Guest". He accepted and travelled to the United States with his son and private secretary. They arrived at Castle Garden in New York Harbor on August 16, 1824. They then went to Washington and were graciously received at the White House by President Monroe. Their visit lasted into 1825 and produced many souvenir items, including Historical Blue Staffordshire china. The most popular pattern, produced by Clews, was the "Landing of Gen. La Fayette at Castle Garden." This 15" x 11.5" meat platter in mint condition shows the event. A flag flies over Castle Garden, cannons fire salutes, people wave from the shoreline and mounted troops pass back-and-forth. The two three-masted ships in the harbor are the "Robert Fulton" and the "Chancellor Livingston".
    Lafayette's visit is considered one of the signal events of the Monroe presidency. He travelled the country, drawing crowds from great distances who wished to glimpse the last living Revolutionary War hero. The fact that President Monroe himself chose to commemorate the event by acquiring this platter, and that his family carefully preserved it for generations, makes this an historic artifact indeed.
    We include a notarized statement from the consignor detailing its provenance from Monroe onwards. .

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