White House Tour - Red Room

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Leon & Sharon Niehues

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Ronald Fleming
New Beginnings

Furnished in the Empire style of 1810 to 1830, the Red Room contains several pieces of furniture from the New York workshop of Charles-Honoré Lannuier (Lon-We-Yay). This room has usually served as a parlor or sitting room and it was the setting for Dolley Madison's fashionable Wednesday night receptions. This intricately carved redwood bowl by Ron Fleming echoes the graceful curves of the rich mahogany sofa and small round table on which the bowl rests.

This basket, fashioned from oak strips, was created by the husband and wife team of Sharon and Leon Niehues from Arkansas. Their children have also joined in making baskets thus forming a unique family enterprise. I selected this piece for placement in the Red Room because I liked the way in which the curved forms are repeated in the door of this secretary bookcase.