Have you seen the new White House china that was just delivered this week? There are two patterns, one more formal than the other.
The Magnolia pattern is the "casual" china and 75 seven-piece place settings were delivered. In addition to the large magnolia, some of the plates are intricately decorated with bugs (real, not electronic) and other insects that are part of the flora and fauna on the White House grounds. This pattern was made by Pickard China in Illinois and was designed by Hungarian-born Anna Weatherly, who is now an American citizen.
The formal pattern is modelled on Dolley Madison's china, with an American eagle in the center, and a green basketweave pattern around the edges.The eagle motif is taken from an inlay on a Massachusetts sideboard in the White House . This pattern was made by Lenox and consists of 320 14-piece place settings.
Check out the pearl-handled knives in both of the pictures. It looks like the dreaded fish-knife on the far right of the setting.