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Fruit Basket, White House Collection

This gilded fruit basket was made in France between 1820 and 1830 and belonged to John Tyler, who became president after William Henry Harrison's death in 1841. The basket features two bisque winged angels. It is one of the few objects in the White House associated with Tyler, who held office during an economic depression and did not receive funds from Congress to furnish or maintain the White House. The basket was photographed by Bates Littlehales for the National Geographic Service in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
Date of Work
ca. 1820-1830
White House Historical Association