Lenox was founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox, who strived to set the highest standards for quality, artistry and beauty. Lenox bring a rich history of craftsmanship to modern day life, where families and friends gather to celebrate using pieces that are versatile and timeless. Lenox tableware is at the vice president's official residence, more than 300 United States embassies, and more than half of the governors' mansions. Dignitaries of the United States Congress and Department of State have received Lenox giftware. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institution have Lenox pottery as centerpieces in exhibitions of American decorative arts. The Lenox backstamp is on about half of all fine porcelain dinnerware purchased since the 1950s in America. Beside collectibles, Lenox also produces tableware, serving pieces, vases, and Department 56 items. As the first American brand of china to be used in the White House, Lenox sets the table like no other. The company makes and markets tabletop and giftware items under the Lenox, Dansk, and Gorham names. Under licensing agreements, Lenox makes products under additional names, such as Donna Karan Lenox, Marchesa by Lenox, Kathy Ireland, Disney, Thomas Blackshear, and kate spade new york under licensing agreements. Lenox sells its products through gift, specialty, and department stores, as well as online, by catalog, and through company-operated retail stores.