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Nov 04, 2015 Washington, D.C. —
The White House Historical Association announced today a new exclusive retail collaboration with renowned designer Anna Weatherley. Nine pieces comprise the White House Gardens collection of hand-painted porcelain. Inspired by flowers from the White House Rose Garden, the individual pieces feature meticulous painted tulips, Martigon lilies, columbines, and violas.
Known for her delicate, masterfully painted floral pieces, Weatherley’s work also features butterflies, hummingbirds, dragonflies, and little bugs. The Association exclusive collection features a large square cachepot, scalloped plate (four versions), square tray, small vase (two versions), and a small oval pierced dish. Each piece is hand-painted by master painters in Weatherley’s Budapest, Hungary studio.
Based in Arlington, Virginia, Weatherley designed the collection after carefully studying the many varieties of flowers featured in the seasonal Rose Garden 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.
The exclusive collection is on sale beginning today at the Association’s Washington, D.C. retail stores (1610 H Street, NW and in the White House Visitor Center at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW), as well as online at shop.WhiteHouseHistory.org.
Purchases of all Association products, including the exclusive Anna Weatherley White House Gardens Collection, support the Association’s nonprofit, nonpartisan mission to preserve, protect, and provide public access to the rich history of American’s Executive Mansion.
About the white house historical association
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $45 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.
To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit WhiteHouseHistory.org.