BRISTOL, Pa. -- For the seventh consecutive inauguration, Lenox Corporation has created the official Inaugural gifts from the American people, given to the President and Vice President of the United States. On January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be presented with custom-made, one-of-a-kind engraved crystal vases at the Inaugural Luncheon following the swearing in ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol. These stunning gifts were offered to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) by Lenox, and the design was approved by the committee.
Lenox Corporation, the oldest and most prestigious maker of fine china in the United States, has designed and created the Inaugural gift for the incoming president since George H. W. Bush in 1989. For each Inauguration, the Lenox team of experts work for months to create a gift that encapsulates the spirit of the American people and the new presidency.
"I am proud to accept this exquisite gift from Lenox on behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and honored to present it to the President and Vice President on behalf of the American people," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. "As they've done time and time again, Lenox has created a beautiful and memorable gift that is worthy of this historic and sacred occasion."
After working on this project for more than five months with master glass-cutter Peter O'Rourke, Timothy Carder, Lenox Vice President of Design, handed over the stunning pieces of craftsmanship to Senator Charles E. Schumer at an intimate ceremony held on Capitol Hill earlier today.
"When I met with the JCCIC in late summer, we all shared the opinion that this gift needed to be different than those from previous administrations and that the height and monumental presence be a necessary ingredient. The inspiration for my design of the vase came from the height and beauty of the Washington Monument. The combination of the height of the vase set on the pedestal base produced an exquisite display of glistening crystal," said Timothy Carder.
The Presidential crystal vase shows a stunning image of the White House, flanked by cherry trees on either side. The Vice Presidential crystal vase depicts the Capitol building, also flanked with blooming cherry trees on either side. Rotating the vases 360 degrees provides dreamlike panoramic views of both American landmarks from different angles through the trees. The two vases each measure 17" in height and were created using a combination of etching and hand cutting. Each vase rests on bases that are made up of four steps of high-quality optical crystal that are both engraved. The base of the President's vase is engraved with President Obama's name, "The Presidential Inauguration" and "January 21, 2013," and a similar one will be presented to Vice President Biden.