For the ninth consecutive inauguration, Lenox has designed and gifted the official Inaugural gifts from the American people, given to the President and Vice President of the United States.
Following the inauguration ceremonies, custom-made, one-of-a-kind engraved crystal vases made by Lenox were presented to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
For the Inauguration, Lenox’s Chief Creative Officer Fawn Ostriak along with her team of experts and master glass-cutter Peter O’Rourke worked for months to create a gift that encapsulates the spirit of the American people and the new presidency.
The inspiration for this year’s Inaugural gifts comes from archival illustrations. The President’s vase features an illustration of the White House set within a classic scrollwork cartouche. For the Vice President there is an image of the Capitol also set within a classic scrollwork cartouche.
Both vases feature deep cutting and polishing techniques and are crafted entirely by hand in Pennsylvania by master O’Rourke. The vases are made of lead crystal and stand at a stately 17-inches tall and sit atop cherry wood bases that bear an inscription of the date and occasion engraved into silver-plated plaques.
“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 29 years,” said Mads Ryder, CEO of Lenox Corporation. “And this year we are especially proud to produce the Inaugural Commemorative Gift for the President and the very first female Vice President of the United States of America.”
For 103 years, Lenox has created fine china dinnerware for the White House as well as the Vice President’s official residence, more than 300 U.S. Embassies and more than half of the governors’ mansions.
Lenox became the first American china to be used in the White House in 1918 when President Wilson commissioned the company to create a 1,700-piece service bearing the presidential seal in raised gold.