Saturday, October 6, 2007

Presidental Families: James and Elizabeth Monroe

In 1817 the Monroe's ordered a large gilded bronze plateau for the dinning room of the White House. Made in Parisian shop of Jean-Francois Matelin, it was described as "mat gilt with garlands of fruit and vines with figures of Bacchus and Bacchantes and pedestals in which are 16 figures presenting wreathes for receiving lights (candles) and 16 cups for changing at will, composed of 7 pieces altogether 13 feet 6 inches long, over 2 feet wide, set with its mirrors." Three baskets, a pair of urns, and a pair of stands accompanied it.

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