KENNEDY, JACQUELINE as FIRST LADY Inscribed gift for Oleg Cassini, Christmas 1963.
Color print reproducing Casimir Bohn's Mill's Colossal Equestrian Statue of General Andrew Jackson with the White House in the background, inscribed on the soft blue mat below the image in blue ink "For Oleg - with all best wishes/Jackie/Christmas 1963." The verso of the print penciled "Cassini." Housed in the original gilt frame, the display 9 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches. Toning to mat edges and with one small edge chip.
As opposed to the annual Christmas cards issued by the First Family, this is a personalized Christmas gift from the First Lady to Oleg Cassini dated Christmas 1963 but likely prepared by Mrs. Kennedy in mid-November before the fateful trip to Dallas. Reportedly as few as 200 copies of this print were ordered and some were inscribed by both Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy for their closest friends, family and associates and apparently these gifts were distributed by Lyndon Johnson after Mrs. Kennedy's December 6th departure from the White House. Known early examples of the print inscribed before Dallas are dated "Christmas 1963" as is the current example, and later examples inscribed by Mrs. Kennedy only are usually dated "December 1963." This inscribed print is a poignant and highly evocative relic of the Kennedy's final days in the White House, suggested by the image of Jackson tipping his hat towards the White House above the text "Our Federal Union/It Must Be Preserved." See Oleg Cassini. A Thousand Days of Magic, 1995, p. 207.
C Estate of Oleg Cassini, 19th Street Townhouse, New York
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