The White House Historical Association is collaborating with renowned designer Anna Weatherley for a new exclusive hand-painted porcelain Easter Egg featuring a tulip from the White House gardens. It is the first egg in an annual series the Association will be offering each spring. Presented on a beautiful 3/4"-high circular porcelain base and nestled in a custom designed presentation box, the porcelain Easter Egg is the perfect White House-inspired spring gift. Each Egg is unique and hand painted by master painters in Weatherley’s Budapest, Hungary studio.
Based in Arlington, Virginia, Weatherley designed the egg after carefully studying the many varieties of flowers featured in the seasonal White House gardens redesigned by Rachel Lambert Mellon for President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Weatherley was selected in 2009 by First Lady Laura Bush to create a hand-painted “casual” presidential china service, featuring a magnolia blossom pattern. It is used as an informal setting in the White House private quarters. She has also created pieces for the Prince of Wales Foundation in the United Kingdom.
Each Egg box contains an informational card. Below is the text included on the card:
2016 White House Easter Egg
by Anna Weatherley
On April 21, 1878, the first White House Easter Egg Roll took place on the sloping South Lawn. The festive event is now an annual tradition at the President’s House and the inspiration for this delicately handpainted and gilded porcelain egg designed by Anna Weatherley. The special piece features a tulip, which announces spring in the White House Rose Garden, around the fountain on the North Lawn, and throughout the landscape.
A nonprofit organization, the WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION was founded in 1961 for the purpose of enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion. All proceeds from the sale of this product will be used to fund the acquisition of historic furnishings and art work for the permanent White House collection, assist in the preservation of public rooms, and further its educational mission. For more information, visit www.whitehousehistory.org.