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Jacqueline Kennedy's gift to JFK presented to the National Archives

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Jan 05, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

On December 22nd, 2014, the National Archives and the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum were presented with a grand donation from The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection: a watercolor painting of the White House by Jacqueline Kennedy. Mark Zaid, Esq., an attorney representing Mr. Amyx, presented the painting on his behalf.

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ATTORNEY MARK ZAID PRESENTING THE PAINTING TO THE NATIONAL ARCHIVIST AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a world renowned collector. He is passionate about American historical artifacts; it has been his sole focus for more than 3 decades.

The National Archives proudly accepted the donation with a promise to preserve, protect, and occasionally display the painting at the JFK Library in Boston. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx stated, “It is both a great honor and a pleasure for me to give this very important painting to the citizens of the United States of America.” This painting is truly an important and impactful piece of American history.

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JFK KEPT THE PAINTING IN THE OVAL OFFICE - SEE BELOW NEXT TO THE LAMP ON THE SMALL TABLE

We see a small glimpse into the First Lady and President Kennedy’s life. Mrs. Kennedy signed the painting “J to J.” On the verso of the painting, accomplished by her in 1961, Mrs. Kennedy penned “For Jack.” It was a gift to her husband, which he displayed in the Oval Office. The watercolor painting is a small, framed piece that depicts the White House seen from a distance with the Potomac River running in front of it. Mrs. Kennedy created this scene based on a 19th century oil painting (circa 1805) which hung behind the desk in the Oval Office.

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FIRST LADY KENNEDY SIGNED THE PAINTING "J TO J"

Jacqueline Kennedy painted this rare piece in 1961. It's no surprise she chose the White House as her subject for the painting. While her husband was in office, First Lady Kennedy took a special interest in the restoration of the White House. Some of her endeavors included actively raised donations to finance the restoration, initiating the establishment of the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, and a permanent Curator of the White House. She shared her work with the American people by hosting a televised tour of the White House documenting the improvements made.

The First Lady’s painting received a significant appraisal, as would be expected of a hand-painted piece of art from a famous First Lady to a martyred President. This historical treasure will be a token for the American people to preserve the memory of a beloved President and First Lady.

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HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX

World renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has acquired rare porcelain pieces from George Washington all the way to Bill Clinton, to include in his Official White House China Collection. Mr. Amyx’s passion for American historical memorabilia has been his sole focus for more than three decades. His collection is the second largest privately-owned collection of White House China in the world. If you would like to engage in a discussion with Mr. Amyx about White House China, please contact him through the button below.

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The Enduring Legacy of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Jul 08, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

There are many powerful women in American history who have made game-changing contributions that made way for the cultural values and everyday luxuries that we now take for granted. One of the most prominent names among them is Jacqueline Kennedy. As a worldly young woman, she was the perfect complement to the up and coming leader, John F. Kennedy.

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THE KENNEDY FAMILY: JOHN, JACQUELINE, AND BABY CAROLINE DURING A FAMILY VISIT TO HYANNIS PORT

Her prominence began when she was quite young. Born July 28, 1929 as Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, young Jacqueline worked hard to make the most of life. After completing two years at Vassar College, she spent her junior year in France at the University of Grenoble in Grenoble and at the Sorbonne in Paris before graduating from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature in 1951. After graduating, she spent the summer on a trip through Europe with her sister Lee, who had just graduated from high school. Together they published an illustrated book describing their travels. Jacqueline often mentioned this summer abroad as her favorite pastime.

Upon her return from Europe, the young Jacqueline began writing for the Washington Times Herald, using a provocative interview style. Not long thereafter, Jacqueline met John F. Kennedy. At that time U.S. Representative John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate. The handsome couple was married in a large, elegant ceremony on September, 12, 1953, in Providence, Rhode Island.

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FIRST LADY JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY LOVINGLY HOLDING HER SON, JOHN F. KENNEDY, JR.

Jacqueline suffered many losses in her lifetime, particularly with pregnancies. She suffered a miscarriage in 1955 and then delivered a stillborn daughter in 1956 before giving birth to daughter Caroline in 1957, and then son John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1960.  In 1963, son Patrick was born 5.5 weeks premature and tragically died two days later.

Then Senator Kennedy announced his candidacy for President of the United States in January, 1960. Although Jacqueline was an invaluable asset, the difficulties she had faced with pregnancy made it necessary for her to support the campaign from home because she was in the early stages of pregnancy. Jacqueline enthusiastically answered letters, taped TV commercials, gave interviews, and wrote a weekly newspaper column.

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THE FIRST LADY WAS A SKILLED ARTIST AND SHARED HER LOVE OF PAINTING WITH LITTLE CAROLINE.

The successes achieved in the Kennedy White House began with the defeat of incumbent Richard Nixon just weeks before the birth of John F. Kennedy, Jr. The young couple began transforming the image of the Presidency, influencing American culture like no one else. While JFK was in office, First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy accomplished the following feats:

  • Transforming White House social events from dry formal meetings to amazing social events featuring cocktails. World class musicians, scientists, authors, and artists enjoyed the company of important dignitaries, foreign, and domestic.

  • Leading the restoration of the White House with the intention of establishing the building as a national monument of historical significance with assistance from leading contributors and decorators.

  • Soliciting donations to finance the restoration of the White House. A guide book documenting the restoration results sold more than 3 million copies, which were applied to additional restoration projects.

  • Initiating the establishment of the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, a permanent Curator of the White House, the White House Endowment Trust, and the White House Acquisition Trust.

  • Hosting a televised tour of the White House documenting the improvements made. The tour was broadcast by the three major networks and earned an Emmy Award in 1962 and earned Jacqueline Kennedy an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Trustees Award.

  • Utilizing her foreign language skills to initiate and solidify relationships with foreign leadership.

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THIS OIL PAINTING BY FIRST LADY JACQUELINE KENNEDY WAS DISPLAYED ON AN EASEL IN THE OVAL OFFICE AFTER  SHE SIGNED IT "J TO J" AND PRESENTED IT TO HER HUSBAND, THE PRESIDENT. IT IS A SIGNIFICANT COMPONENT OF THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION.

On November 22, 1963, the dream came to an abrupt end with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX. Despite her devastation, Jacqueline led the organization of JFK’s funeral and burial. Jacqueline Kennedy’s calm demeanor and courage facing the days and months that would follow JFK’s death compounded the admiration of the public in the US and abroad.

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THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE ON THE FATEFUL NOVEMBER DAY IN DALLAS

Jacqueline Kennedy continued to use her influence for positive change until Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1968. In an effort to protect her children, she moved abroad and married Aristotle Onassis. This marriage quickly turned out to be one of difficulty. After Aristotle Onassis died in 1975, Jacqueline returned to the United States and worked for many years as a book editor.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis passed away from lymphatic cancer on May 19, 1994, two and a half months before her 65th birthday. Her son, John F. Kennedy Jr, remarked at her funeral that she had a love for words, a love for the bonds of home and family, and a spirit of adventure. The First Lady is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia with President Kennedy, their son Patrick, and their stillborn daughter Arabella.


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RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection is proud to own a painting actually painted by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, as well as other important personal relics. Many of the museum-quality historical artifacts (over 400), acquired by Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, will be sold in a live auction in Boston, Mass. on September 17th & 18th, 2014 by RRAuction. Interested parties can see the official auction page at the link below:

Click here for the official September 17th & 18th, 2014 auction page

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BABY TEETHING RING OF J.F.K. JR. - THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 @ 12:36 PM

The Teething Ring of John F. Kennedy Jr., was used in The White House by him as an infant. It is Sterling Silver and is Engraved on the Front and Back. Detailed Provenance, on White House Stationary, Presented in Written Format, is from a White House Maid of 30 Years, Viola "Big Momma" Wise. From time to time "Big Momma" would assist the Nanny, Maud Shaw, and rock and feed the infant Son of John f. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

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 Viola Wise would often tend to the various needs of the President's and First Lady's Children, Carolyn and JFK Jr.  Pictured is an Official White House Photograph of "Big Momma" while at work in The White House. Also, pictured is The President as he walks down The White House Colonnade, very near The Oval Office, with JFK Jr. , as a Toddler.

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 This Important piece of Presidential Memorabilia is now in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. Many other Important pieces of White House Memorabilia are displayed for those that care enough to make an off-site appointment to view The Collection.

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JFK, JR. - SHORTS WORN IN WHITE HOUSE -RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, May 21, 2011 @ 02:40 PM

The featured shorts of JFK Jr., were worn by him, as a toddler, in The White House. They are Monogrammed on the front, in Blue, "JFK, Jr." They would have been worn by the President's son, Circa 1961-62.

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There is Detailed Provenance from a White House Maid that often had direct responsibility for interacting with and caring for both Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr. Her name was Viola "Big Momma" Wise. The writer knew her well back in the 1970's and 1980's. When President John F. Kennedy was Assassinated in 1963, the Funeral was held, November 25, 1963, the 3rd Birthday of JFK Jr.  Following this Sudden and Painful event in the Kennedy Family and in the History of America, a number of important pieces of the President and his Family were dispersed to those with direct Kennedy Family access. These Striking and beautifully hand-crafted JFK Jr. shorts are one of those more Important Relics.

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Sometimes Viola "Big Momma" Wise would share stories, with Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, as related to her 30 Year Career at The White House. Some were put into writing. In this particular case, "Big Momma" shared verbally and in writing the following Kennedy Story. And this Story is also attested to on White House Stationery, as "Big Momma" explained, in a full-page Letter of Provenance, her Association with the Kennedy Brother and Sister. Anyway, there came a day when "Big Momma" was Rocking JFK Jr. And she looked at JFK Jr. and said, "You're an Ugly Darlin Baby - but you are the Son of a President and a Millionaire and so "Big Momma" is gonna keep on rockin you." And she would smile broadly at the young lad as she caressed him and she continued with a favorite chore of that White House day.

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Today, the Shorts of JFK Jr., are in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection, where they are beautifully shared and displayed.

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JACQUELINE KENNEDY-ORIGINAL PAINTING - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 02:48 PM

Sometime between 1961 and 1963, First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy observed a Large Oil Painting, of The White House, as it appeared in 1805. In fact, this same Original Oil Painting has been hung in The Oval Office by almost all Presidents for many years.

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ORIGINAL ART - BY JACQUELINE KENNEDY - AS FIRST LADY - A PAINTING THAT SHE ACCOMPLISHED FOR HER HUSBAND PRESIDENT JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY

The Highly Skilled First Lady Propped up her Easel (JBK is  featured with it in this same writing) and took her Watercolors and Brush to form this accurate and Beautiful Rendition of The White House - Just as it appeared way back in 1805 - when Thomas Jefferson was our Incumbent President.

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The First Lady meant for this Original Painting to be Personally Presented to her Husband, The President. And, Mrs. Kennedy was quite clear in her wishes in that she uncharacteristically Signed this 5" x 7" inch Painting in an unusual format. Almost always Jacqueline Kennedy Signed her Artistic Renderings - "J B K ".  However, Mrs. Kennedy Signed this Very Personal Example, "J to J" (Jacqueline to Jack).  It is now an Historic and Important Piece of our American History.

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Of Serious Historical Importance is the Fact that President John F. Kennedy can be seen in this Feature sitting in his Rocker in The Oval Office. And The President is shown facing this exact same Original Painting, as it rests not far away, on the Round Table to JFK's right, under a Lamp and on a small Easel. An Extraordinary glimpse of American History, indeed.

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Obviously, a piece of this Immense Historical Magnitude came from someone Trusted and with close Proximity to President Kennedy and The First lady - On a Frequent Basis. This Important information was provided by Historian and Collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY - JFK'S GOLD PRESIDENTIAL SEAL RING RECENTLY LOCATED

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 @ 02:40 PM

The Gold Presidential Ring of John F. Kennedy's has recently been located.  The Presidents Ring is beautifully displayed in The American Heritage Collection (AKA) The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection. 

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This Dramatic Presidential Seal Ring, is 18 Karat Gold and was accomplished totally by hand by an unknown, as of this writing, Highly Skilled Goldsmith. The Artistic Presidential Seal 18k Ring total hand-work is rather Breathtaking. 

john f. kennedy ringTOTALLY HAND-CRAFTED 18K GOLD RING OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - AS VIEWED FROM THE TOP OF THE PERSONALIZED PRESIDENTIAL SEAL RING

According to the Artistic and detailed hand-engraving on the interior of the President's 18K Ring, as well as the, even much more Manifest Evidence is the Impeccable and detailed Provenance; on White House Stationery. This Important Letter, was authored by someone who saw President John F. Kennedy each day over a period of many years. The Letter of Provenance outlines the details of this 1963 Historic Gift to The President from The First Lady.

raleigh degeer amyx collectionINTERIOR HAND ENGRAVING DENOTING THE FIRST LADY'S GIFT TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY IN 1963

The Important White House source of information was not certain of the exact date that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy presented her husband with this Important Presidential Seal Ring.  However, it was believed that the First Ladies Gift was received by JFK sometime toward the end of 1963 – but perhaps as early as The President's May 29th Birthday.

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WHAT DID JACQUELINE KENNEDY GIVE TO FEW PEOPLE AFTER NOV. 22, 1963?

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 @ 06:50 PM

FOLLOWING THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY, JACQUELINE KENNEDY WAS GIVEN SPECIAL PERMISSION, BY PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON,  TO LIVE AT THE WHITE HOUSE UNTIL SHE WAS PREPARED, AT HER OWN SPEED, TO DEPART FOREVER. AND THIS SHE DID....ON  DECEMBER 8, 1963.

Jacqueline Kennedy at her desk in the White House JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY - AT WORK AT HER DESK

DURING THIS TIME OF BEREAVEMENT, THE FORMER FIRST LADY TOOK THIS TIME, (NOVEMBER 22, 1963 TO DECEMBER 8, 1963), TO PERSONALLY AUTHOR SOMETHING TO VERY FEW PEOPLE. THESE FEW WERE TO WHITE HOUSE CAREER SERVANTS THAT HAD SERVED THE FIRST FAMILY SO TIRELESSLY...............AND PERSONALLY FOR 1000 DAYS.

COMPLETE PRESENTATION OF J.F.K. ASSASSINATION RELATED PERSONAL NOTE FROM FIRST LADY- JACQUELINE KENNEDY TO WHITE HOUSE MATRE DE' CHARLES FICKLIN 1963

COMPLETE PRESENTATION OF J.F.K. ASSASSINATION RELATED PERSONAL NOTE FROM FIRST LADY- JACQUELINE KENNEDY TO WHITE HOUSE MATRE DE' CHARLES FICKLIN 1963

ONE OF THESE SPECIAL PEOPLE, THAT HAD PLEASED THE PRESIDENT AND MRS. KENNEDY SO WAS, WHITE HOUSE MATRE DE' CHARLES FICKLIN. HER FEELINGS FOR HIM ARE SO CLEARLY REVEALED IN THE FORMER FIRST LADY'S TOUCHING  WORDS....

Letter from Jacqueline Kennedy

"FOR DEAR CHARLES...YOU MADE OUR BRIEF YEARS HERE ALL THE PRIDE THEY WERE....AND YOU SERVED THE PRESIDENT SO WELL....HOW WE WILL MISS YOU......JACQUELINE KENNEDY."

 

CHARLES FICKLIN-WHITE HOUSE MATRE DE' - IN THE WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM IN 1963

CHARLES FICKLIN-WHITE HOUSE MATRE DE' - IN THE WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM IN 1963

ABOVE HISTORICAL ITEMS ARE FROM THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION, ALSO KNOWN AS THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION.

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