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 2001 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 an eight-page description pamphlet.
The White House 2001 ornament has been designed to recall the era of Andrew Johnson’s White House. A period wallpaper pattern, chosen for the lid of the ornament’s gift box, captures the intricacy of the silk-like paper chosen for a redecoration of the White House that began in the summer of 1866. Inside the box is a beautiful lace vellum, reminiscent of the yards of stylish neo-grec lace that was used throughout the Johnson White House.
As this 24K gold-finished carriage ornament is unveiled, a nostalgic winter scene is revealed. An 1867 photograph of the south façade of the White House inspired this engraved-style illustration. The ornament depicts President Johnson, his children and grandchildren returning to the White House from an afternoon carriage ride, which was his favorite form of relaxation.
This beautiful and collectible Christmas ornament would make a wonderful holiday gift as well as a welcome addition to any Americana collection.