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Sale IT217 Lot 1501

CHEF MESNIER CARVED WOODEN CARRIAGE MOLD, CREATED FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH II'S VISIT TO WHITE HOUSE Chef Mesnier hand carved the wooden carriage in the White House’s carpentry shop in 1991. Once constructed, the carriage mold was draped in chocolate and filled with pistachio marquise and fresh raspberries for Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to President George H. W. Bush in the White House. Mesnier believed that the dessert centerpiece would allow Queen Elizabeth II to feel more at home and welcome during her stay in the United States. See final dessert image. - h:5 w:8.50 in.

Provenance: Private collection of Former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. First Lady Rosalynn Carter hired Mesnier, who served 26 years under five presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. According to Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: A Pastry Chef's Secrets, Mesnier created stunning desserts for more than 40 queens, kings, princes, princesses and heads of state.

Literature: Roland Mesnier and Mark Ramsdell, Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: A Pastry Chef's Secrets (Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2019), pp. 20-21.
Estimate $400-800

Sold for $250.00

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