China footnote: Don't expect to find the new Reagan china reproduced for the retail market because Lenox is discontinuing the pattern forever. Also, forget about picking up any seconds. The Pomona, N.J., factory has one employe whose sole job is to smash each piece of china with even the slightest imperfection.

Actress Eugenia Rawls said it was time, not ERA, that necessitated the editing out of some of her best lines the other day in Richmond, where Lynda Robb invited her to perform for 150 wives of delegates to the Virginia General Assembly.

Rawls, who does dramatic monologues of Tallulah Bankhead and Fanny Kemble like nobody else, turned Kemble into a 19th-century role model for 20th-century women's liberationists a few years back at the height of the feminist movement.

The English-born Kemble, married to the scion of a prominent Philadelphia family with a plantation in Georgia, was an early advocate of equal rights. Her letters home to England, published at the start of the Civil War, had influence in England's failure to support the Confederacy. She once wrote: "A woman should be her husband's friend, his best and dearest friend, as he should be hers, but friendship is a relationship of equality, in which the same perfect respect for each other's liberty is exercised."

Last week, however, that oft-repeated line was not among Rawls' dramatic repertoire in the program she put together for Lynda Robb's solo debut as governor's wife and hostess in the historic old governor's mansion. The event, a morning coffee, fell on the eve of the ritualistic annual slaughter of ERA by the Virginia House of Delegates' Privileges and Elections Committee.

Gov. Charles Robb has tempered considerably his position on the controversial amendment since the days when his wife chaired for Jimmy Carter the President's Advisory Committee for Women. In his State of the Union message, Robb said he supported ERA but he did not call on legislators to support it.

Rawls, who spent the night as the Robbs' house guest, staying in the Lafayette Room where Gerald Ford once was a guest, said no one made any suggestion that she play down Kemble's liberationist leanings.

"I am about as liberated a lady as you know. I think I've been ahead of my time," Rawls said a few days later. "I was just so conscious of the time I had to perform."