782 Pickard Avenue
Antioch, IL 60002
About Our Barack Obama Gifts
Made in President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois by America's oldest producer of fine china. Since 1893, Pickard has produced plates for royalty, presidents, embassies, and the homes of America.
Pickard has also produced presidential collector plate sets of President Lincoln and President Truman.
We have also produced dinnerware for:
Air Force One
North Carolina State University
South Carolina Governor's Mansion
United States Air Force
Unites States Dept. of State
Pickard China was established in Edgerton, Wisconsin in 1893 by Wilder Austin Pickard, and moved to Chicago in 1897. For some forty years the Pickard China Studio, as the firm was then known, was a decorating company specializing in hand painted art pieces, dessert and tea sets. Many of the original artists were from the Art Institute of Chicago. The staff was increased by renowned ceramic artists from all the countries of Europe. Since most of the china was manufactured abroad at the time, the Pickard studios imported blank ware to be decorated. These early pieces are now sought after by collectors.
Today Pickard china ranks among the finest in the world, highly noted for its graceful shapes and beautiful decorations. It has the feel of lightness and delicacy, while maintaining unusual strength. Its glaze is of remarkable brilliance and hardness.