Lenox Corporation has created official inaugural gifts, which will be given to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The engraved bowls will be presented at the inaugural luncheon following the swearing-in ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol.
Lenox has designed and created the inaugural gift for the incoming president since George H.W. Bush in 1989.
After working on this project for more than five months with master glass-cutter Peter O’Rourke, Timothy Carder, vp/design, Lenox presented the pieces to Senator Roy Blunt in a ceremony held on Capitol Hill.
The inspiration for the bowls comes directly from the work of Pierre L’Enfant and Andrew Ellicott who created the layout for the plans of the city of Washington, and defined the borders of the District of Columbia. The bowl for the President features an illustration of the White House on one side overlooking the Jefferson Memorial on the opposite side. For the Vice President there is an image of the Capital overlooking the Lincoln Memorial, and each bowl has a compass rose cut into the base with the points of the compass aligned correctly with the buildings.
“Lenox is honored to have been the first American china to be used in the White House and to have been selected as the designer and manufacturer of choice for the past 28 years to produce the inaugural commemorative gift,” said Katrina Helmkamp, Lenox Corporation.