PRESS RELEASE from the Lenox Group Inc.
The Nation Unites to
Honor the New President and Vice
Bowls from Lenox will be the
Gifts from the American People
Bristol, PA, January 12, 2009 –
For the sixth
consecutive inauguration, Lenox Group Inc., has created the official
gifts from the American people, given to the President-elect and Vice
President-elect of the United States. On January 20, 2009,
Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be presented
custom-made, one-of-a-kind engraved crystal bowls at the Inaugural
following the swearing in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. These stunning
offered to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
by Lenox, and the design was approved by the committee.
Lenox Group Inc., the
oldest and most prestigious maker of crystal and fine china in the
States, has designed and created the Inaugural gift for the incoming
since George H. W. Bush in 1989. For each Inauguration, the Lenox team
experts works for more than a hundred hours to create a gift that
the spirit of the American people and the new presidency. Unique gifts
been created for George H. W. Bush Senior in 1989, Bill Clinton in 1993
1997, and for George W. Bush in 2001 and 2005.
inauguration of a new president is one of the most solemn and
moments in our nation's history,” said Senator Feinstein (D-Calif.),
of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
“Lenox, a great American china company, has
once again created a beautiful gift that captures the beauty and
this truly special occasion.”
After working on
this project for more than 100 hours with master glass-cutter Peter
Carder, Lenox Vice President of Design, handed over the stunning pieces
craftsmanship at an intimate ceremony held on Capitol Hill. The
Inaugural gifts were delivered to Senator Dianne Feinstein in
January 12, 2009.
“We knew six months ago that no matter how
people voted on November 4, this was going to be a historic new
said Timothy Carder. “It was a conscious decision to return to the
design of the crystal bowl. We wanted to welcome the newly elected
and Vice President into office with a classic and beautiful piece that
the energy and excitement felt by the American people.”
crystal bowl shows a stunning image of the White House, flanked by
on either side. The Vice Presidential crystal bowl depicts the Capitol
building, also flanked with blooming cherry trees on either side.
bowls 360 degrees provides dreamlike panoramic views of both American
from different angles through the trees. The two bowls were created
combination of etching and hand cutting. Each bowl rests on a hand-cut
plinth with faceted cuts, made of optical crystal and is engraved. The
President’s bowl is engraved with President Obama’s name, “The
and “January 20, 2009.” A similar bowl
will be presented to Vice President Biden.
“It is a great privilege to create the
Inaugural gift from the American people for the incoming President and
President,” said Marc Pfefferle, Chief Executive Officer of Lenox, Inc.
years, we have been honored with this responsibility and our revered
glass cutting artists always respond with a unique and meaningful
For 90 years, Lenox
has created fine china dinnerware for the White House, the vice
official residence, over 300 U.S. Embassies and more than half of the
governor’s mansions. Lenox became the
first American china to be used in the White House in 1918 when
Wilson commissioned the company to create a 1,700-piece service bearing
presidential seal in raised gold. Over
the years, Lenox has created new state services for five additional
– Roosevelt, Truman, Reagan, Clinton
and George W. Bush – that reflect not only the style of the day, but
timeless beauty of Lenox's renowned ivory china.
About Lenox Group Inc.
Lenox Group Inc. is a market leader in quality tabletop, giftware and
collectibles. The company markets its
products primarily under the Lenox®, Dansk®, Gorham®,
and Department 56 brands. Together,
these brands represent more than 480 years of tabletop and giftware
Visit Lenox at their website at www.Lenox.com
or call 1-800-63-LENOX.