About the Artist:
The White House is both a symbol and part of the national heritage of the United States of America. It is the only residence of a Chief of State in the world open to the public without charge and is visited by more than one and a half million people each year.
The White House Historical Association was organized in 1961 to enhance public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. Income from the sale of books, slides and other published materials about the White House is used to acquire historical furnishings and other objects for the White House.
This 2002 Christmas ornament celebrating the history of the U.S. White House was acquired at an estate sale in northwest Indiana. The ornament comes with its original gift box and a twelve-page description pamphlet.
The 2002 holiday ornament and package incorporate design elements from the 1902 Beaux Arts style restoration of the White House by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White. The East Room’s elegant and sparkling Bohemian glass chandeliers were the inspiration for the crystal-like centerpiece that adorns the holiday ornament. The brass metal decorative frame includes a holiday ribbon, acanthus leaves from the East Room’s Louis XVI-style wall panels, and a sturdy eagle inspired by the carved mahogany pedestals of the console tables made for the State Dining Room by the firm of A. H. Davenport. The box cover reproduces a portion of the decorative plaster of the 1902 East Room ceiling design.
This beautiful and collectible Christmas ornament would make a wonderful holiday gift as well as a welcome addition to any Americana collection.