The White House Historical Association continues its collaboration with renowned designer Anna Weatherley with its third exclusive hand-painted Easter Egg featuring Viola from the White House gardens. 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:
2018 White House Easter Egg
by Anna Weatherley
On April 22, 1878, the first White House Easter Egg Roll took place on the sloping South Lawn, an ideal location for children to roll their brightly-colored eggs. The festive event is now an annual tradition at the President’s House and the inspiration for this delicately hand painted and gilded porcelain egg designed by Anna Weatherley. The special piece features a Viola from the White House Rose Garden, following the 2017 egg that featured a wisteria and 2016 egg that featured a tulip.