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Sale IT217 Lot 1516

METAL LOBSTER SORBET MOLD, PROBABLY 19TH CENTURY, FOR PRESIDENT CLINTON DINNER The vintage two-part mold depicts the detailed body of a lobster and was used in 1995 to fashion a decorative dessert sorbet for President Clinton’s formal dinner where he welcomed African American clergy to the White House. This dessert buffet, featuring the lobster molded sorbet and candied orange segments, was formally titled “Fisherman’s Fantasy"; the mold is marked with the manufacturer's number 505. See final dessert image. - h:3 w:13.75 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), p. 15.
Estimate $100-300

Sold for $275.00

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