Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter presented a china bowl handcrafted by Lenox for Pope Francis to Archbishop Chaput at the World Meeting of Families Opening Ceremony, yesterday, September 22.
“We were honored to have the opportunity to design this special gift in our studio in Bristol Borough, PA and manufacture it in our factory in Kinston, NC,” said Peter Cameron, CEO, Lenox Corporation. “Lenox takes pride in being able to participate in this historic moment with our U.S. made fine china bowl.”
“Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. will be remembered for years to come by Philadelphia and the whole of America,” said Mayor Nutter. “It’s fitting that we present him with a beautiful, made-in-America design from Lenox, a Philadelphia area company. It was a pleasure to work with Lenox to make this a reality.”
The bowl was handcrafted in the U.S. of Lenox ivory bone china with a distinctive opulent etched 24-karat gold border. The Declaration of Independence is said to have inspired the overall appearance of this piece, from the color palette to the hand-written script found on the inside rim. To create this look, the images were illustrated in the style of old lithograph-printing techniques. Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica are illustrated on the sides to symbolize the unification of the two cities.