DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt: Table Scarf and Matching Cushion Covers Presented to Franklin and Eleanor by Madame Chiang Kai-shek.
-Table scarf: 36" x 36"; cushion covers: 17.5" x 17.5".
Madame Chiang Kai-shek presented these beautiful gifts to the President and First Lady during a trip to the White House during WWII. These exquisite items were ultimately acquired by Lillian Rogers Parks, a maid at the White House, and author of My Thirty Years: Backstairs at the White House. In a one-page, typed letter on White House letterhead and dated April 12, 1983 which accompanies the lot Parks reveals that after FDR's death Eleanor called in a few staff members and invited them "take what you want now, because the rest is going to Hyde Park and you will never have another chance." Parks took these items and several other things.
The fringed table scarf and rope-bordered cushions are peach colored and exquisitely hand-embroidered with variegated colors of pink, rose and purple. These are amazing personal items with wonderful provenance.
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