Ronald Reagan

Spectacular Ronald Reagan Fine Designer Plate, by Hertel Jacob, Bavaria Germany

Spectacular Ronald Reagan Fine Designer Plate by Hertel Jacob, Bavaria Germany


Single dinner plate of the pattern HEJ20, manufactured by Hertel Jacob of Bavaria, Germany. 12" in diameter across the top opening. 1.5" tall, with a delicate scalloped outer edge. Fine condition. Christie's lot sticker and University Archives Authentication tag hand numbered and signed by John Reznikoff. Fine condition.


A lovely, delicate designer piece from the Reagans which was part of their dinnerware collection owned and used by them at their Bel Air, California home. This plate is from the respected German firm of Hertel Jacob in the pattern of HEJ20. The firm has a rich history, being founded in 1906, and grew to a substantial presence from 1913 through the 1950's.  The company's reliance on conservative designs made them fall behind other manufacturers that invested in new molds and decorations. In 1968 the factory was taken over by Melitta, who ultimately closed the factory of Hertel, Jacob shortly before 1980. 


The pattern, HEJ20 Hertel Jacob is lovely classic, elegant shape, which aligned with Nancy Reagan's personal style.  The relief design featuring an undulating ribbon pattern is a timeless classic and embodies the union of simplicity and elegance.  Mrs. Nancy Reagan was well known for her interest in elegant designer classics and the Reagan's choice of dinnerware was no exception. This was shown during her years as First Lady as her flair for entertaining and hosting transformed the aura of style and sophistication to the White House.  “She felt the White House should exemplify the best,” said Mark Weinberg, who worked on Ronald Reagan’s campaigns, in the White House Press Office. The first lady handled her life both in and out of the White House with the same conviction, and this stunning piece from their personal dinnerware collection personifies Nancy Reagan's attention to style and her love of timeless sophisticated design.


The Reagan auction saw record prices for a celebrity including about $200,000 for cowboy boots and $100,000 for a sheet of Presidential doodles. This incomplete set was purchased with the hopes that individual items could be offered, so as to share something intimate, private and Presidential with clients who might not wish to own a large group. The Reagans entertained a regalia of people at their home ranging from Heads of State and Politicos to the glitterati friends from the Hollywood days.


Item: 64516

Price: $900.00
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