Lot 9024: John Kennedy, Jr. Ceramic Wall Angels Gift Given to the Kennedys Upon His Birth
18th May 2017
Pair of ivory-colored ceramic angel wall plaques gifted to President-elect John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy upon the birth of their son John F. Kennedy, Jr., on November 25, 1960. The still-sealed angel busts are bound with string to their original presentation sheet, stamped on the reverse, "Bouvier Studio, 39 School St., Brookline 46, Mass." The cherubs measure approximately 3 x 2.75 (left) and 3.25 x 3. In overall fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Mary Barelli Gallagher, the secretary to Senator John F. Kennedy and then later to First Lady Jackie Kennedy, in part: "This baby gift is one of the many gifts that had arrived daily to the home of President–Elect and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, 3307 N St. N. W., Georgetown, Washington, D.C. on the occasion of John Jr.'s Birth…Mrs. Kennedy would ask that I prepare a letter of thanks to the sender for her to sign, and this is one of the gifts that she offered me to take home. I donated the vast majority of these gifts to various charities, others I gave away to friends, relatives, etc., keeping the more interesting ones, such as this, for myself."
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