Biden, Harris to receive Lenox crystal gifts for the Inauguration

Biden, Harris to receive Lenox crystal gifts for the Inauguration

President-Elect Biden’s vase features an illustration of the White House set within a classic scrollwork cartouche.

WASHINGTON—As President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris are sworn in at noon today, Lenox will be there.

In spirit, at least. During the inaugural ceremonies, U.S. Senator Roy Blount, Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), will present official inaugural gifts from the American people to the president and vice president, including a pair of engraved crystal vases from the tabletop company.

Lenox has designed and created the Inaugural gift for the incoming president since George H. W. Bush in 1989.

Lenox Chief Creative Officer Fawn Ostriak and her team of experts worked for months to create a gift that encapsulates the spirit of the American people and the new presidency, Lenox said. Ostriak handed over the custom-made, one-of-a kind engraved crystal pieces of craftsmanship to JCCIC earlier last week.

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 craftsman Peter O’Rourke. The vases are made of lead crystal and stand at a stately 17 inches tall and will be placed on top of cherry wood bases that bear an inscription of the date and occasion engraved into silver-plated plaques.

Editor-in-Chief Allison Zisko first joined HFN in 1998 and spent many years covering the tabletop category before widening her scope to all home furnishings. In her current role, she oversees all aspects of HFN, including its print and digital products, and represents the brand at home and abroad through presentations, panel discussions and HFN’s podcast, The Inside Scoop.

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