One of the nice things about being the most powerful person in the world is that people give you presents. It's unlikely that gifts from foreign countries do much to sway American diplomacy, but foreign visitors bestowing cumbersome or weird gifts is almost certainly one of the more entertaining parts of President Obama's job. He doesn't get to keep the gifts, mind you; they're usually spirited away by the National Archives and Records Administration. But imagine someone showing up and handing you a four-by-five-foot rug with your own face on it, as Russia did in 2009. That's good stuff.
On the occasion of Barack Obama's 53rd birthday, we decided to review each and every one of the 274 gifts given to the president between 2009 and 2012 by foreign countries and their leaders. (Gifts like the blanket in the image above aren't included, but 13 other blankets from other countries are.) The lists are maintained by the State Department's Protocol Gift Unit, which has not yet released the 2013 gift list. So we used what we had, breaking each gift down by donor, by value, and, yes, by quality, ranking them all on a scale from 1 to 100 and sorting them. (The full list is at the bottom of this post.)
First, the top-lines. Counting only gifts given to the president or to the president and other members of his family, foreign countries and their representatives have given Obama over $717,000 worth of stuff since he was inaugurated. (The first gift came on inauguration day, from Mexico. It was a book and a piece of art.) According to our index of all of the gifts, the best swag came in 2011.
It's really a funny collection of presents, for which, were you asked To what sort of person was this gift given?, you'd likely have a wide variety of responses. Argentina gave Obama a silver dagger in a display box in 2012, perhaps confusing the president with their 13-year-old nephew. Britain gave the family a shawl and some kids clothes in 2009, playing the role of America's eccentric aunt. China offered a vase and pin set emblazoned with "Expo 2010 Shanghai China," like an exhausted dad picking something up on his way out of the convention.
Most of the gifts are art or vases or rugs, the sort of generic stuff that we imagine wealthy people lay on each other at mansion-warming parties. You have to feel sort of bad for some of the countries, clearly giving things that they hoped would end up as part of White House tours but instead were likely relegated to wooden crates in warehouses.
To cut to the chase: Here are the top- and lowest-rated items on the lengthy list. We will admit some prejudices: electronics were rated poorly, generic furnishings were given middle-of-the-pack ratings, and things involving dogs were rated well. (Disagree? Click here.) And so:
The five best
1. A five-inch Aztec calendar in silver, given by Mexico in 2012.
Mexico is very good at giving gifts, as it turns out. Why did this particular gift earn top marks? Because: 1. Aztec calendars are cool. 2. A five-inch silver piece is not chintzy. 3. They gave this in 2012, when the world was at peak end-of-the-world mania. This gift was on-trend. Nicely done, Mexico.
2. A Maori club, given by New Zealand in 2011.
The full description: "11.5″ x 4″ traditional Maori weapon with a short broad-bladed club, made of the sacred greenstone." Which sounds cool. Now, go look at it. We rest our case.
3. A ping-pong table, given by the UK in 2012.
The United Kingdom's gifts were a bit scattered, but the ping-pong table is a winner. You can see it here, as part of an article complaining that it was made in China. The Obamas didn't set the thing up in the White House, it seems, but it should have. The White House could use a more chill vibe.
4. Four bottles of tequila and a silver ark in a trunk, from Mexico in 2009.
Four bottles of tequila. That is a good gift. If you're curious what happened to the booze, the State Department offers a hint: "Perishable Items Handled Pursuant to U.S. Secret Service Policy." Presumably meaning like this.
5. A stainless steel watch, a brooch, and a ceramic dog bowl from the Czech Republic in 2009.
The Czech Republic got a gift for Bo. It wasn't the only country to do so, but that is adorable.
The five worst
270. A Blu-Ray disc set in a wooden display box, given by Russia in 2010
271. A Samsung Galaxy Tab and a stereo video cable and a Galaxy Tab charger from South Korea in 2010.
"Do we have a gift for Obama?" "What? You were supposed to bring it!" (agitated fumbling) "Driver, are there any Verizon stores between here and the White House?"
272. A Creative MP3 player and "uGoGo electronic pulse massager" from Singapore in 2010.
Who was giving MP3 players as gifts in 2010? This was three years after the iPhone came out, which, even if your country isn't making iPhones, you should at least recognize. You know who gave MP3 players as gifts in 2010? Grandparents who got hustled by jerk salespeople at Best Buy.
And we're not going to discuss the massager.
273. A CD holder and some CDs, given by Russia in 2009.
Again, thanks, Russia.
274. A swag bag for the game "Witcher 2" from Poland in 2011.
"Witcher 2" was a well-received video game that came out around the time of the gift and was made in Poland. OK, fine. But, Poland went a bit over the top in pitching the game to the president. To wit:
- DVD: "Best of the Witcher 2: Video Trailers for President Barack Obama."
- "Witcher 2" gift box, with three golden "Witcher 2" coins.
- A "Witcher 2" book.
- "Witcher 2" stickers.
- A 5.5″ x 6.5″ x 3″ ivory-colored bust of "Witcher 2" character "Gwynbleioo."
This is an incomplete list. The president, we believe, did not put the Gwynbleioo bust in the Oval Office. Poland did come through with some vodka, but that can't make up for the rest of it.
The next time Obama was in Poland, by the way, he couldn't help but mention the gift. He was apparently not being sarcastic.
Before we dump the entire 274-gift ranking on you, two other bits of data.
Value of gifts
No country spent more money on gifts than Italy (thanks, Silvio!), and it wasn't even close. One-fifth of the value of all of the gifts came from Italy, which is pretty impressive, given how poorly Italy's gifts were rated.
Our average rating
As above. Again, we gave every gift a rating from 0 to 100 (though the high was actually 83 and the low 7). Then we averaged the values for all of the gifts, by country, giving the map above. The best gifts, on average, came from New Zealand. The worst, from Singapore.
But honorable mention to Denmark! Denmark on two separate occasions gave Obama signed portraits of its King and Queen. "Here is a picture of me" is a bad gift once. But twice? Come on, Denmark.
Anyway, here's the full listing. See something that's worse than a "Witcher 2" gift set? No, you don't.
The complete ranking
1. Mexico, 2012:
5″ wide Aztec calendar stamped on a pure silver coin weighing one kilogram.
2. New Zealand, 2011:
11.5″ x 4″ traditional Maori weapon with a short broad-bladed club, made of the sacred greenstone, carved by Aden Hoglund, and contained in a 16″ x 7″ x 3″ wooden presentation box.
3. UK, 2012:
Custom Dunlop table tennis table with United States and United Kingdom decals, inscription, and paddles.
4. Mexico, 2009:
Four bottles of tequila, presented in display boxes. Wooden trunk containing a silver ark with a decorative ceramic design on the front and silver bells on each side.
5. Czech Republic, 2009:
Stainless steel watch with an accompanying historical booklet; brooch decorated with a red design; white ceramic dog bowl.
6. France, 2011:
Crystal golf statuette by Baccarat, depicting a golfer with his iron pitched over his head in the moment before striking a ball. Crystal golf statuette by Baccarat, depicting a golfer with his iron out in front in a followthrough posture. Black Hermes golf travel bag with canvas cover and carrying strap.
7. France, 2011:
Reusable grocery/tote bag, orange with a large white dandelion on the side; Book and CD, title: "G20," by Laurence Jenkell. Book, title: "±5 Metres: Sos Editions Oceans," by Joe Bunni. Book, title: "Around the World," by Laurence Jenkell. 11″ x 7.5″ x 3″ black leather folding toiletry bag, made by Lancel. 200 Euro souvenir "G20" coin, in a blue protected sleeve, and housed inside a small blue packet with "Monnaie de Paris" written in gold on the outside. Silver watch with black wristband made by B.R.M. 8″ x 5″ x 1″ brown leather woman's wallet with embroidery on the sides made by Lancel. His and hers white, belted Dior bathrobes with "Dior" embroidered on the breast pocket. 8″ x 13″ x 18″ black leather "Gra-Valise Petit Voyage" suitcase made by Lancel; 7″ x 12″ x 16″ brown and orange leather purse with embroidery on the side made by Lancel; 7.5″ x 11.5″ black leather clutch purse made by Christian Dior. 17″ tall Plexiglas sculpture, entitled "Wrapping Flag Candy USA," depicting an upright "Tootsie Roll" with an American flag patterned wrapper, on a 6″ x 6.75″ x 0.75″ clear Plexiglass base, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Box of Duroc Danner chocolates. Perfumes from the town of Grasse. Chateau d'Estoublon olive oil. Men's Dior hygiene products.
8. Germany, 2009:
14″ x 14″ Bauhaus chess set, with a lightly-colored wood board and pieces carved into the shape of their allowed movements on the board, contained in a carrying box with sliding top, designed by Josef Hartwig.
9. Poland, 2011:
Waterman Expert II black lacquer ball point pen with gold color trimmings. Black 64GB iPad 2.
10. UK, 2011:
One silver Links Sweetie Bracelet with an "M" charm, enclosed in a black velvet bag and inside a cream colored box. One silver Links Sweetie Bracelet with an "S" charm, enclosed in a black velvet bag and inside a cream colored box. 13″ bone-shaped chew toy with United Kingdom flag.
11. Sri Lanka, 2011:
Six pouches of coffee contained in a 14″ x 9.5″ x 5″ wooden box, interior is red velvet and divided into six compartments, each containing a small wicker box, includes a depiction of the American flag with an eagle in the foreground made from precious and semiprecious stones, includes a 9″ x 7″ frame with a gold plaque. Diamond-shaped cufflinks, made from 10-karat white gold and inset with nine blue sapphires each, presented in a 5.25″ x 5.5″ x 2.5″ wooden box.
12. Armenia, 2010:
16″ × 16″ walnut chessboard with walnut and sterling silver chess pieces, presented in a wooden presentation box. Book, title: "He Flies Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease." 9.5″ dark green bust of author William Saroyan on brown stone base with inscription, presented in a wooden presentation box. Bottle of 100 year old Ararat brandy, presented in wooden presentation box.
13. Czech Republic, 2009:
Gold medal created by the Czech mint featuring an image of President Obama.
14. Philippines, 2011:
Bamboo bicycle, handmade by the Bambike Company.
15. Jamaica, 2012:
Earthenware ceramic head sculpture by Jamaican artist. Gold lapel pin reading "Jamaica 1952–2012".
16. Portugal, 2010:
W&J Graham's Port 1961 Single Harvest Tawny Port set, containing wine in red leather bottle holder and an informational booklet, presented in a rectangular wooden box that has "Graham's Single Harvest 1961" carved into top and sides. Set of four Atlantis crystal wine glasses and one crystal decanter presented in 11″ × 23″ × 10″ wooden box. Two bottles of Quinta de Noval 2008 Vintage Porto wine. Bronze water-dog statue on wooden base
17. Spain, 2009:
Book entitled "Barcelona & Catalonia"; framed currency entitled "The United Colonies, Four Dollars", printed in Philadelphia in 1776 and documents of the Santa Fe Capitulations in a grey velvet case.
18. Senegal, 2011:
Black leather briefcase and black leather portfolio, both with sterling silver pieces mounted on the leather engraved with "Barack H. Obama."
19. Algeria, 2009:
Four boxes of dates and twelve bottles of wine.
20. Zambia, 2010:
37″ × 29″ copper fire screen of an eagle, made by Gastone craftsmen
21. EU, 2009:
Graf von Faber-Castell "Perfect Pencil."
22. Mongolia, 2011:
Book, title: "The Secret History of the Mongol Queens," by Jack Weatherford. Three Mongolian cashmere sweaters in pink and green, and purple and brown pattern; 16″ x 27.5″ framed artwork of the First Lady's name in Mongolian calligraphy. Large Gobi Mongolian oatmeal-colored cashmere shawl.
23. Germany, 2011:
Kramski putter set, includes: 35″ HPP 340 putter with two protective club head covers, teal HPT 40 training console, HPS 30 Aim Aid set, book title: "The Kramski Putt Philosophy".
24. Ireland, 2012:
Crystal bowl centerpiece. 27″ tall bronze statue of James Hoban. Certificate of President Obama's Irish heritage. Two silver shamrock charm bracelets. Lamb's wool scarf. Lamb's wool blanket.
25. Netherlands, 2009:
Orange Batavus "Holland on the Hudson" bicycle with an extra bike seat.
26. Brunei, 2010:
Lustre necklace with 1″ × 1″ inscribed "Globe Crest" pendant. 5 DVD box set, title: "The Day the Universe Changed." 21″ × 12″ black, unbranded, rubber container with rubber handles. 1.5 quart "Heath" brown teapot with copper handle and two matching mugs. 19″ × 13″ × 10″ wooden trunk with metal decoration on top. Somma grey blanket with darker grey floral pattern, presented in a brown cloth display box. Book on the Earth's ecosystems. One Fanciful "Bountiful Buffet" gift basket. 11″ × 5.5″ Tozai brown glass vase with leaf designs. 12″ × 8″ ceramic jar with 13 ounces of "Di Camillo" biscotti. "Bonifanti" Panettone bread. Luci de Stelle 1000g, in blue hexagonal box. Harney & Sons whole leaf tea, in silk satchels. Five 2.5 ounce Modern Alchemy votive candles, in black presentation box. Black display box containing scented D.L. & Company "Gingembre" candle in glass container. Island Heritage tin of chocolate covered macadamia nut shortbread cookies.
27. UK, 2009:
Black and gold pen with a wooden pen holder, made from the wood of the HMS Gannet in Chatham; book entitled "Churchill and America" by Martin Gilbert; book entitled "Churchill: A Life" by Martin Gilbert; book set entitled "Biography of Winston S. Churchill," by Martin Gilbert.
28. Portugal, 2010:
Antique gold-colored Museu de Marinha Portugal astrolabe with inscribed wooden stand, in a wooden presentation box
29. France, 2011:
10.2″ x 7.1″ Hermes orange cotton canvas travel case. 36″ x 60″ Hermes cotton terrycloth beach towel, printed with umbrellas and towels beach scene. 7.5″ handmade Forge de Laguiole letter opener with wooden handle in 9″ brown leather case. Both are enclosed in a 14″ x 2.5″ x 1.5″ black presentation box with Forge de Laguiole printed in white. It is a special G8 edition with "G8 France 2011, Nouveau Monde, Nouvelles Idees" and shape of the Eiffel Tower engraved. Box of chocolates.
30. Mexico, 2009:
Book entitled "The Aztec Calendar and Other Solar Monuments" by Eduardo Matos and Felipe Solis; one metal Aztec calendar on a wooden display stand.
31. Switzerland, 2012:
6″ x 4″ custom, solid oak music box by Reuge with dark stain, brass hinge, and brass parts.
32. France, 2012:
25″ x 34″ set of 20 engraved prints of the 2005 edition of the Turgot map of Paris. Beige patent personal items bag. Woven beige leather wallet. Beige leather tote bag. Sothys bath products.
33. Northern Ireland, 2010:
39″ × 31″ canvas of graffiti letters spray-painted on black gloss, title: "Twenty First Century City," by Ben Eine.
34. France, 2009:
Bronze replica of a sculpture by Edgar Degas, entitled "Halted Horse."
35. Canada, 2012:
27″ x 40″ painting, title: "Enemy in Sight," by P. Rindlisacher, depicting a naval scene from 1813.
36. Australia, 2011:
Green and white 2GB iPod Shuffle. Sherrin Match Australian football. Red, white, and blue Western Bulldogs Australian Football League on a field jersey; Red, white, and blue "U.S. Footy" football jersey with "USA Revolution" on the front and "25" on the back. Handcrafted 2.5″ x 4″ x 6″ Dragonfly silver ash wood trinket box with "Wood Works Gallery" sticker on bottom, presented in brown box with "Australia" sticker on top.
37. Switzerland, 2010:
Longines silver-colored watch with brown band, presented in brown presentation box. Red leather dog collar and leash with silver-colored fastenings
38. Poland, 2010:
4.5″ × 6″ black and white ceramic Cmielow dog figurine, presented in a wooden presentation box. Book, title: "Fryderyk Chopin." 2.5″ × 3″ circular miniature portrait of Chopin in a Burl Veneer frame. Two holiday ornaments.
39. China, 2010:
White "Flying Pigeon" electric bicycle.
40. Philippines, 2009:
Set of white mother-of-pearl cufflinks with blue sapphires in 18 karat white gold in a box made from shells and leather.
41. Colombia, 2012:
Silver figure representing oversized coffee bean. 29″ long decorative sash. Hardcover book, title: "Un Pais de Opportunidades".
42. Ireland, 2009:
Limited edition copy of "Beowulf"; painting entitled "Bogland" by Mark Dwyer; four books; limited edition Waterford crystal bowl.
43. Malawi, 2009:
Two gilt framed portraits of the President and First Lady, carved in wood.
44. Tanzania, 2009:
3′ tall handcarved ebony wooden sculpture.
45. Italy, 2009:
Francesco Basile gold watch.
46. Tunisia, 2010:
12″ round silver-colored tree statue with scented black decorations, in a red presentation box.
47. Jordan, 2009:
Six decorative ceremonial weapons presented in a glass case.
48. India, 2011:
20″ octagonal white marble table top with design of inlaid blue and yellow flowers, and octagonal stand decorated with blue and red flowers.
49. Mexico, 2011:
31.5″ x 39″ oil painting, title: "The Celebrate" by artist Rene Jimenez, depicting a turkey's face and neck, float-mounted in a red wooden frame. Large painting made up of nine panels titled "The Day and Night— in the White House" by Rene Jimenez, depicting Thanksgiving at the White House. 60 polychrome prints of the painting "The Day and Night—in the White House," each in a white envelope with a black monochrome image of the U.S. Capitol.
50. Brunei, 2012:
Silver filigree bowl with raised floral designs around the bowl, pedestal base, a polished band around the center with inscription, and lid with knob on top.
51. Brazil, 2011:
10″ diameter wooden globe by Eduardo Eleuterio with a cutout of Brazil. Photo album containing 37 photographs of the President during his visit with President Rousseff of the Federative Republic of Brazil, photo album has a hardcover and a medal that reads "Republica Federativa do Brasil/15 de Nov. de 1889".
52. Germany, 2009:
Pair of 18 karat rose gold cufflinks in the shape of shields; Meissen porcelain tray.
53. France, 2011:
15″ x 12″ black leather "Neo Igor" Louis Vuitton men's business bag with luggage tag attached and embossed with "B.O."
54. France, 2010:
Three bottles of 1961 Chateau Bages wine. Two 9″ × 13″ leather folders with facsimile letters of credece presented by Benjamin Franklin to Louis XVI, King of France, in 1778 and facsimile letters from Benjamin Franklin to Charles Gravier De Vergennes, dated 1781.
55. Ivory Coast, 2011:
Traditional Chief's robe (Kita), from the Akan People.
56. Lebanon, 2010:
32.25″ × 24.5″ watercolor of Arabic calligraphy by artist Samir Sayegh. Book, title: "Memoirs of Letters".
57. Indonesia, 2011:
Special edition book, title: "The Colors of Harmony: A Photography Journey" by Ani Yudhoyono. Two silver sculptures of birds mounted on a maroon velvet stand. One bird is 7″ tall and 4″ long and the other bird is 4.5″ tall and 6″ long. Piece is encased in a 15.25″ x 3.5″ x 8.5″ glass case and housed in a 17.25″ x 5.25″ x 10.75″ orange decorative canvas box. Red hand embroidered batik scarf with a multicolor floral design.
58. Burma, 2012:
30″ x 18″ framed painting of a city at sunset, painted by donor.
59. China, 2009:
39″ x 49″ wooden framed and matted fine silk embroidery depicting a portrait study of the First Family.
60. Mongolia, 2012:
41″ long saber with 34″ blade, silver filigree handle and sheath.
61. Ireland, 2010:
Two first edition volumes of William Yates books, published in 1906 and 1907.
62. Ghana, 2009:
Six pieces of kente cloth and two glass bead jewelry sets, each consisting of a necklace, earrings, and two bracelets.
63. Nigeria, 2011:
12″ x 8″ x 6″ gold-colored bust of woman, on a 6″ x 6″ x 2″ wooden base.
64. Iraq, 2011:
12″ x 8″ silver tray, engraved with a scene of a palace, labeled "Iraq," and floral and geometric decorative pattern. The tray is sealed under glass in a leather display case, all held in 13″ x 9.5″ x 2.25″ leather box.
65. Vatican City, 2009:
Large red linen portfolio containing ten lithographs of the fountains of the Vatican; Bible in a burgundy leather case; book entitled "Vatican City"; two children's hats; children's puzzle; children's wrist watch.
66. Iraq, 2009:
Large silver vase with images of palm trees and sphinxes; Iraqi soccer team jersey.
67. Russia, 2009:
4.5″ × 5.5″ gold-colored religious relic with a stand, in a brown wooden presentation case.
68. Brunei, 2011:
Small enamel keepsake box. One bag of coffee. One candle. Six steak knives. Four Christmas mugs. Book, title: "The Fifty Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer," by J. Jorgensen. Glass "PEACE" plate. Small stainless steel tea infuser. Small stainless steel sugar bowl. Small stainless steel cream receptacle. Stainless steel coffee pot. 7″ tall crystal candlestick. 14″ high handmade shaker box. Bowl made from "Innervisions" Record by Stevie Wonder. 14″ x 11″ painting, title: "A Forest," artist unknown. Small white keepsake box. Decorative shell display plate. 7″ x 7″ shell picture frame. 10″ x 10″ Chinese checkers plate. 15″ x 15″ glass plate with game board painted on it. Large brown basket. Set of three faux books in multiple colors.
69. France, 2011:
Lacoste white classic men's polo shirt. Limited-edition "HOPE" fountain pen and Ligne 8 lighter from S.T. Dupont, each in a cherry blossom design, and contained in a 6.5″ x 6.5″ black box with "G8 France 2011" on the top. Bottle of Christian Drouin Pays d'Auge. S.T. Dupont black and silver fountain pen, presented in a 8.5″ x 4.5″ black case. Six black glass goblets in a plastic display case and contained in a 30″ x 18″ red box; 14.35″ tall blue-gray glass sculpture of Bucephalus, Alexander the Great's horse.
70. El Salvador, 2010:
Four piece metal sculpture of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on horses, by Alfredo Melara Farfan.
71. France, 2011:
3″ gold coin, "Deauville" embossed with scene of the ocean and an umbrella on the front and "Barack Obama" engraved with several scenes of Deauville on the back, enclosed in 3.5″ x 3.5″ presentation box with a clear plastic display stand. 36″ x 36″ Hermes silk Deauville scarf, with design of a scene of horse race in gray, blue, and brown.
72. Canada, 2010:
17″ sugar maple-wood bowl signed by Don Thur. 24″ × 16″ handcrafted glass tree in a green frame.
73. Finland, 2010:
9.5″ blue glass bird, hand-blown by Iittala craftsmen.
74. Malaysia, 2011:
6″ x 6″ x 2.25″ ornate pewter jewelry box with velvet interior, presented in a 9″ x 9″ x 4″ blue velvet box.
75. Germany, 2009:
Black leather Montblanc briefcase.
76. China, 2011:
Bronze 48″ statue of Abraham Lincoln by the artist Yuan Xikun, includes a red leather booklet describing the gift.
77. Nigeria, 2010:
Chris Aire gold cufflinks with centered citrine gemstone bordered by band of diamonds.
78. Gabon, 2011:
14″ blue mask sculpture by Daum, on a 10″ black and silver stand, enclosed in 34″ x 16″ x 13″ red box.
79. UK, 2009:
Book entitled "A Carnegie Anthology"; book entitled "Scottish Estate Tweeds"; one Johnstons cashmere sweater.
80. Honduras, 2010:
Two gold-colored Milla Guirst Joyeros cufflinks with Mayan designs, presented in a yellow presentation box. 10.5″ snakeskin purse with silver-colored plate and Mayan design
81. Russia, 2009:
Antique brass Samovar.
82. Japan, 2009:
16″ x 27″ framed Japanese calligraphy.
83. Turkey, 2009:
Two cufflinks made by Sevan Bicakci; blue and silver glass vase.
84. Bulgaria, 2012:
9″ diameter gold wreath of oak leaves and acorns.
85. Pakistan, 2009:
26″ × 32.5″ framed portrait of President Obama.
86. Mongolia, 2011:
Book, title: "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World," by Jack Weatherford. 19″ tall bronze statue depicting a man riding a horse, on an 8.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″ granite pedestal, presented in brown suede bag.
87. Egypt, 2010:
4.5″ × 3.5″ Bible in Arabic with metallic cross on cover. Book, title: "Our Common Christian- Islamic Heritage." 16″ × 16″ white tote bag.
88. Czech Republic, 2011:
9″ decanter, made of Czech glass, in a 7″ x 10″ red presentation box.
89. South Sudan, 2011:
A 7″ x 9″ plaque congratulating the President on his election a wooden box. 23″ x 11″ ebony black rhino. 15″ hand-etched bowl with an image of Africa and African animals.
90. Benin, 2012:
26″ tall wooden royal seat from Benin. Ten samples of cloth made in Benin. 29″ x 42″ painting of Benin landscape, artist unknown. Ten samples Dutch cloth.
91. Czech Republic, 2009:
Set of six handmade wine glasses, and a book entitled "The Story of Prague Castle."
92. Poland, 2011:
CD, title: "The Historical Recordings," by Paderewski, enclosed in a brown leather book. Silver Waldmann brand pen from the 17th Meeting of Presidents of Central European States, enclosed in a 3.5″ x 8″ black leather box. 4.5″ x 6″ wall plaque of Paderewski, enclosed in a 7.5″ x 8″ blue box. Five bottles of flavored liquors by Nalewski Staropolskie.
93. Italy, 2012:
Book, title: "Archimede Seguso," by R. B. Mentasti. Parabolic glass bowl with gold coloring.
94. Malaysia, 2010:
32″ × 34″ traditional hand-woven portrait of President Obama. 32″ × 34″ traditional handwoven portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama.
95. Australia, 2011:
Book, title: "That Deadman Dance" authored by Kim Scott. Book, title: "Truth" authored Peter Temple. Book, title: "Breath" authored by Tim Winton. 22″ x 13″ framed collection of historic Australian ANZUS stamps. Custom-made, authentic Akubra Cattleman hat tanmark brown, made of pure fur felt with dark brown leather trimmings. 17″ x 17″ framed black-and-white commemorative historical picture of a ship, with plaque commemorating 60th Anniversary of the ANZUS Alliance.
96. UK, 2011:
48″ x 70″ tapestry with eagle and American flag design made by The Rug Company and enclosed in a canvas bag with teal and orange designs.
97. Israel, 2009:
Bronze statue of a girl releasing a flock of doves.
98. Kuwait, 2009:
Mother-of-pearl and lapis lazuli gilt bronze box.
99. Tunisia, 2010:
20″ × 16.5″ high purple and yellow leather and wooden ottoman with brown wooden circular legs containing 16″ × 6″ and 14″ × 4″ purple and yellow wooden containers. Six bottles of Vieux Magon wine. Eight bottles of Tunisian Olive Oil. Box of dates.
100. France, 2011:
Large, black Hermes golf accessory bag including set of lock and key, and extra strap in bottom compartment, presented in cream colored drawstring bag.
101. Japan, 2010:
5″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup. 4″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup. 3.5″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup. 2.5″ titanium "SUSGallery" cup, presented in a wooden presentation box. 32″ × 27″ framed facsimile of letter written by President Abraham Lincoln to His Majesty the Tycoon of Japan in 1861.
102. Russia, 2009:
Painting entitled "Natalia Pushkina" by Alexander Pavlovich Brullov, reproduction of a portrait of Alexander Pushkin's wife; porcelain doll designed by Anastasia Chizhova; framed replica of the address by the people of North American States to Alexander II; reproductions of letters between Emperor Alexander II and President Lincoln; lace tablecloth with twelve matching placemats; porcelain tea set made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Saint Petersburg.
103. Mexico, 2012:
10″ black wooden coyote suspended in metal display box. Coca-Cola bottle decorated with beads. Book, title: "Rastros Irrastreables, Artwork by El Nacho." Two collared buttondown shirts, one white and one white with blue stripes. Round silver cufflinks by FCO OTERO. Wooden chest with lock housing five bottles of liquor.
104. Iraq, 2009:
Two handwoven decorative rugs; one framed portrait of a woman wearing a green dress; one framed portrait depicting two women and a man surrounded by birds.
105. Ukraine, 2010:
White blouse with beaded floral design, in maroon velvet presentation box.
106. Peru, 2010:
54″ × 12″ Kuna vicuna-brown scarf, presented in wooden presentation case with a silver label.
107. Indonesia, 2010:
Two wooden "Asta Kriya" shadow puppets. Two 19″ × 16″ framed photographs commemorating the First Family's visit to Indonesia. Three-piece red and gold colored medals, presented in a wooden presentation case with an honorary diploma. Three shirts.
108. Ghana, 2009:
31″ x 47″ portrait of President Obama with an American Flag.
109. Brunei, 2012:
Scented candle. Pewter and silver picture frame. Book, title: " Wildness Is the Preservation the World," photos by E. Porter and text by H.D. Thoreau. Book, title: "Everyday Heroes," by K. Fried. Book, title: "Where Miracles Are Born and Squandered," by T. Lane. Two ceramic bowls with stars and stripes. Two ceramic mugs with stars and stripes. Cutting board. Pottery vase. Wooden bowl from Hawaii. Christmas wreath. Hanging stained glass sign reading "Obama 2012." Glass plate painted with red and black checkerboard. Handcrafted painted game table. Large brown trunk.
110. Philippines, 2011:
7″ tall Baynihan centerpiece made of cast aluminum in nickel plate with a black granite stone base, portraying men carrying a traditional home.
111. Palestinian Authority, 2009:
25″ x 29″ framed painting of a tree; eight books.
112. Panama, 2011:
14-karat gold bird-shaped cufflinks, presented in 3″ x 2″ x 1.5″ blue leather jewelry box. 5″ x 9″ wood and sterling silver eagle sculpture.
113. Pakistan, 2009:
Large cream-colored rug with fringes.
114. Greece, 2010:
7.5″ × 1.5″ sterling silver chain bracelet, in a navy presentation box. Variety of Korres liquid facial products.
115. India, 2010:
Two 10″ × 12″ miniature paintings depicting a small indoor gathering, presented in blue velvet presentation boxes. Three gold-colored cloth ornaments.
116. UK, 2011:
15 piece "Sun & Moon" china set, Traditional Arts, Ltd., in white with gold leaf accents, includes 9″ x 9″ x 5.5″ tea pot with top, 5″ x 4″ x 3.5″ creamer, 4.5″ x 4″ x 4″ sugar cup with top, six 3.5″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″ tea cups and six 5.25″ saucers, all enclosed in blue 15″ x 15″ x 10″ presentation box; 11″ x 15″ framed photograph of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with their signatures on white matting, and enclosed in green presentation box marked "Ettinger London."
117. Russia, 2010:
Two 4″ Imperial porcelain painted eggs with porcelain bases, presented in yellow presentation boxes. Book, title: "An Attempt at a Pictorial Account of a Trip Across North America".
118. Tunisia, 2011:
100″ x 65″ handmade traditional woven Tunisian rug, design is geometric and primarily red with black, yellow, white, and blue accents.
119. Burkina Faso, 2011:
27″ brass statue of a woman carrying a water jug on her head and a small child on her back. 25″ brass statue of a man wearing a conical hat and carrying a stick over his shoulders that suspends two water jugs, each jug and "rope" is detachable from the statue.
120. China, 2009:
Porcelain sculpture of five oxen.
121. Sri Lanka, 2010:
20″ × 20″ painting of First Family in a wooden frame with semi-precious stones and a presentation plaque
122. Brunei, 2009:
Four books. Fiorentina Italian leather backgammon set, presented in a 17″ × 9″ presentation box. Baccarat crystal figurine, presented in a 7″ × 4.5″ red presentation box. Thinkashmir Scialli Charles black cashmere shawl. Plush stuffed animal. Two framed photo prints from the Providence Picture Frame Company. 28″ × 23″ dark brown wicker basket with white and red-colored bow tied to handle. Three scented Persian candles in individual 5″ × 3″ white boxes.
123. Indonesia, 2010:
Book, title: "Exquisite Indonesia: The Finest Crafts of the Archipelago." 80″ × 152″ red, blue, and tan batik cloth, presented in a brown presentation box. 80″ × 152″ red, teal, and tan batik cloth with large bird design, in a brown presentation box.
124. China, 2011:
Blue-glazed porcelain hand figurine with a small bird in a yellow display box.
125. Afghanistan, 2010:
312″ × 117″ burgundy and red carpet with intricate patterns and cream-colored fringe.
126. Jordan, 2011:
Two 11″ sterling silver filing lamps with 10″ shades, enclosed in 16″ x 12.5″ x 12″ brown presentation box.
127. Italy, 2009:
Large book of original artwork, photographs, and text by artist Marilena Ferrari, with a Renaissance- style stone carving cover. Gold-painted box containing certificates of authenticity for accompanying artwork. Goldpainted box containing bookmark and magnifying glass. Gold-painted box containing hand-written full version of the Star Spangled Banner in custom ink and calligraphy. Large gold leaf painted box housing all items.
128. Colombia, 2012:
Two woven, multi-colored fabric bags. Small woven handbag with beads and long handle. Book, title: "Silvia Tchesrassi photography," by J.C. Obando. Book, title: "La´grimas de Ame´rica" by artist C.C. Daza.
129. Jordan, 2010:
11″ × 6.5″ silver jewelry box with red and black mosaic on top. Book, title: "The Mosaics of Jordan"
130. Azerbaijan, 2010:
Set of two brass and crystal tea cups, presented in a blue velvet display case. 72″ 49″ Garabagh Magical Knots Azerbaijani rug made by AZER–ILME Co. Ltd., presented a matching red carrying case with inscription. Book, title: "Azar-ilma".
131. Argentina, 2012:
Silver ornament dagger in a black display box.
132. Haiti, 2009:
3′ x 3′ framed portrait of the President and First Lady by Petit-Bois Ancener; 5′ x 5′ portrait of the President by Petit-Bois Ancener.
133. Italy, 2009:
Two men's Belstaff jackets; one women's Belstaff jacket.
134. Brazil, 2011:
51″ x 40″ digital C print photograph, by artist Vik Muniz, titled "Marat (Sebastiao)," depicting man using arranged items in the style of David's "Death of Marat."
135. Suriname, 2011:
Book, title: "Suriname Discovered," by: Toon Fey. Royal Mint 2000 Millennium 22 carat gold coin that reads "Suriname 100,000 Gulden" on one side, and "Suriname" on the other.
136. Senegal, 2010:
40″ × 70″ black wool shawl with colorful stripes. 16″ black handbag with colorful stripes. 64″ × 28″ black lace shawl with white trim. Senegalese white shirt with black trim. Senegalese white linen robe with black accents. Pair of Senegalese white linen drawstring pants.
137. Jordan, 2011:
1″ x 7″ x 9″ Porcelain sculpture of Jordanian archway on a black pedestal, presented in dark brown and beige leather-topped box.
138. Malaysia, 2011:
36″ x 94″ purple batik with blue fringe, and a silver, green, orange, red, and blue pattern. 36″ x 94″ pink batik with white fringe and a silver, purple, blue, green, and orange pattern; Two books, title: "The Discerning Voice of the First Lady Rosmah" contained in cardboard book sleeves.
139. Mauritius, 2009:
30″ x 41″ wooden replica model of the USS Constitution; Swarovski crystal figurine entitled "Dalmally—Tropic Sun."
140. Colombia, 2011:
Sterling silver water jug and cup in a blue leather presentation box.
141. Japan, 2009:
Five sterling silver cocktail forks; piece of orange decorative brocade cloth.
142. Italy, 2009:
Oil on canvas painting entitled "Le Changement."
143. China, 2011:
72″ x 24″ gray, blue, and green cashmere scarf, made by 1436 Erdos.
144. Ireland, 2011:
Leather-bound book, title: "Daniel O'Connell: The Man who Discovered Ireland," authored by Professor Patrick Geoghegan. 21.5″ x 29.5″ black and white photograph of President John F. Kennedy addressing Irish Oireachtas, formatted in white matte board in a black frame. Fred Curtis Crystal presentation bowl with American flags engraved alongside a shamrock above inscription commemorating St. Patrick's Day Shamrock ceremony at White House, presented in black box with "Fred Curtis Crystal" written on sides and on top.
145. Vatican City, 2009:
Gilt framed and matted mosaic depicting St. Peter's Square; decorative gold coin with the inscription "Benedict XVI Pont Max Anno IV" with the profile of Pope Benedict the XVI; booklet entitled "Instruction Dignitas Personae On Certain Bioethical Questions"; book entitled "Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI"; silver keychain.
146. Tibet, 2010:
30″ × 54″ multicolored Tibetan scroll depicting a Buddhist deity on a gold-colored inlay. 26″ × 124″ white-patterned Tibetan shawl. 5.75″ × 7.5″ silver and cream-colored cardstock with written inscription.
147. Thailand, 2012:
Stationery set of varying paper sizes, envelopes, and letter opener, held within painted black wooden box.
148. Indonesia, 2011:
Book, title: "The Footprints of Time: Menapak Waktu," by Purnomo Yusgiantoro. Brown, white, and black bag with a black zipper, and a red and white ribbon rosette on front. Book, title: "Iwan Tirta Batik," by Sebuah Lakon. Book, title: "Dhenok: The Semarangan Wedding Arts & Culture," by Ineke F. Priyo. Book, title: "The Journey: Batik Pesisr from Semarang, Kendal, Demak & Kudu," by Ieneke F. Priyo. Iwan Tirta private-collection shawl, men's shirt, with blue, brown, and white Indonesian batik design depicting birds.
149. Afghanistan, 2009:
Large oval blue lapis bowl, presented in a blue velvet presentation box.
150. Turkey, 2009:
14″ green glass vase with gold crescent and star designs, made by Palabahçe.
151. China, 2009:
3′ x 6′ wooden framed watercolor on paper depicting a landscape with limestone cliffs.
152. Turkey, 2010:
9.5″ sterling silver Tombac Ottoman Collection portable writing set with pen and ink case. 11″ × 5″ 24-carat gold plated Tombac Ottoman Collection bowl.
153. Czech Republic, 2010:
14″ hand-blown Moser glass plate with 24-carat gold border.
154. China, 2010:
12.5″ Jun purple and gray porcelain vase with a round wooden base, in a wooden presentation box.
155. Ukraine, 2010:
18″ × 62″ embroidered beige tapestry with red floral motif, presented in a maroon cylinder with a gold and red embroidered crest.
156. Pakistan, 2010:
26″ × 32.5″ framed portrait of President Barack Obama
157. India, 2009:
Burgundy rug with a foliate motif.
158. Chile, 2011:
5″ tall condiment pot and a silver utensil, both made of Chilean silver.
159. Kazahkstan, 2010:
9.5″ bowl made of silver, jasper, kahalong, and fianit, in a green and tan presentation box.
160. Russia, 2010:
83″ × 43″ framed oil painting of a carnival winter scene by K.V. Kiselev.
161. Mexico, 2009:
Book entitled "The National Palace of Mexico"; red and brown artwork made of Olinala´ lacquer.
162. South Korea, 2012:
Circular gold pin. Pink beaded bracelet. Three flower hair pins. Samsung digital camera. Security Summit silver coin. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
163. India, 2010:
Book, title: "The Life of Mahatma Gandhi," by Louis Fisher. 28″ × 15″ bronze-colored bust of Mahatma Gandhi. Brown and gold-colored photo album. 13″ × 15″ gold-colored "Diviniti" wooden frame and plaque of Rashtrapti Bhawan New Delhi India. 41″ × 57″ portrait of President Obama.
164. Brunei, 2009:
Three hardcover books. Two paperback books. Mara Fine Silver silver-plated tea caddie. 64 oz. fluted silver-plated pitcher. 9″ Cricklewood crystal oval vase. 24″ diameter tin plated copper tray. 4.5″ bronze Sona vessel with gold finish and a blackened-aluminum resting ring. Knit purple blanket with orange and green fabric. 16″ × 24″ black tray
165. Brunei, 2011:
8″ x 7″ silver octagonal box with floral/leaf design, in glass case inside a yellow box with knob, and includes a pendant of the seal of Brunei Darussalam.
166. Kazahkstan, 2011:
Bronze, three-legged candlestick holder on a 6.25″ circular stone base, atop the three legs sits ring depicting a camel caravan and ram heads.
167. Laos, 2010:
20.75″ × 32″ framed silver-colored metal panel with an etching depicting a city in Laos.
168. New Guinea, 2011:
29″ x 8″ x 15″ ebony wood carving of a mask on four legs.
169. El Salvador, 2011:
20″ x 18″ x 5″ wooden mask carved into shape of a jaguar head on a 24″ x 12″ x 5″ wooden base with a gold-colored plaque on bottom describing the piece.
170. Ireland, 2010:
Anthology of Irish poetry, signed by six Irish poets.
171. China, 2011:
14″ red and gold colored vase in red presentation box.
172. Mauritius, 2011:
35″ x 26″ oil painting, depicting the Rempart Mountain in the Republic of Mauritius, signed by "Ashley 2011," in a silver frame with an engraved plaque.
173. Mexico, 2011:
13″ tall beige clay ceramic vase with black and red designs made by Antonio Veloz, presented in green box with Mexican flag colored ribbons. Paperback Book, title: "Mata Ortiz Ceramics: Artes de Mexico, Numero 45″.
174. Afghanistan, 2010:
80″ × 148″ brown and blue patterned rug.
175. Jordan, 2010:
Three 13″ glass vases with gold-colored stripes and wooden toppers, in black presentation boxes.
176. Thailand, 2010:
12″ silver-colored tray with dragon-shaped handle, presented in a blue presentation box.
177. Russia, 2012:
8″ x 10″ painting of winter landscape, artist unknown. Book, title: "Rostov Enamels," by V. Borisova.
178. Burma, 2012:
Silver-tinted goblet with pointed lid and flower etchings.
179. South Korea, 2011:
Book, title: "The Uncharted Path: An Autobiography" authored by President Lee Myung-bak. 12.5″ white porcelain plate, with painted images of the President and First Lady, contained within a 14″ x 14″ x 6″ mahogany box with golden turtle latch and iridescent depictions of birds. 14″ x 5.5″ 10.5″ black lacquer box inlaid with mother of pearl, and box is decorated with iridescent scenes of sailboats, birds, and scenery of the landscape of the Republic of Korea, both contained inside a 15″ x 6″ x 11.5″ blue presentation box.
180. China, 2009:
Large porcelain jar; decorative fan with images of butterflies; small white and pink tea set; one green and blue glass jar in the shape of a kneeling water buffalo.
181. Trinidad and Tobago, 2009:
Black Bosca leather briefcase; CD entitled "The Fifth Summit of the Americas 2009"; DVD entitled "Cepal Publications 2008"; five books about Trinidad and Tobago.
182. Russia, 2012:
13″ tall x 17″ diameter white porcelain vase with black and red divergent pattern and images of the White House and Kremlin on opposite sides, artist unknown. Photo book of the Medvedev presidency.
183. Philippines, 2010:
12″ × 8″ brown accessory box with four silverplated bulls on bottom.
184. Saudi Arabia, 2010:
Three Bijan silk tie sets with matching handkerchiefs in silk presentation boxes. Five Brioni silk tie sets with matching handkerchiefs in red presentation boxes. Black Brioni silk tie in a red presentation box. Stefano Ricci silk tie in a red and black presentation box. Blue and pink Stefano Ricci silk tie with matching handkerchief in a red and black presentation box. Five silk ties with matching handkerchiefs in white presentation boxes. Two striped Eddia silk ties in pink presentation boxes. Blue Francesco Smalto silk tie in a pink presentation box. Blue Lanvin silk tie with matching handkerchief in a blue presentation box. 20″ × 14″ × 8″ gray briefcase.
185. Singapore, 2009:
16″ × 23.75″ metal panel with cityscape view of Singapore, presented in a wooden box with a plaque on the top that reads "APEC Singapore 2009." 9.5″ × 6.75″ × 2.75″ bronze abstract sculpture in a braided motif inscribed, "From the 2009 APEC Conference in Singapore," presented in a fitted wooden presentation box.
186. Brazil, 2012:
32″ x 39″ framed cross-stitch art of the President and First Lady by artist G. Alves. 31″ x 19″ painting on wood, title: "Ensala," by F. Galeno.
187. India, 2010:
30″ × 42″ painting of bodhisattva on black and gold-colored scroll, presented in a 36″ blue presentation box. Red and gold-colored silk three piece Sari. 6″ × 9″ red and gold-colored beaded Sari handbag. 11″ × 13″ beige and gold-colored photo album. 13″ × 9″ blue booklet with floral pattern and gold plated image of Parliament.
188. Malaysia, 2010:
4″ × 7″ silver-plated box with floral design and gold-colored flower with red stone, presented in a blue velvet presentation box. Book, title: "Najib: Beginning of a Legacy Commemorating One Year as Prime Minister of Malaysia"
189. Saudi Arabia, 2010:
18.5″ clock with a gold-colored horse and two palm trees on a green and silver-colored marble base, in a green presentation box.
190. Qatar, 2011:
30″ circumference gold and silver base with silver statues of two wild goats and a tree with gold clock hanging from it, depicting a desert scene.
191. Azerbaijan, 2012:
54″ x 39″ pure wool hand-woven rug artwork, title: "Magic Knots" in leather carrying bag. Blue, purple, and orange silk head shawl.
192. Ireland, 2011:
CD, title: "Black is the Earth," by artist Adele O'Dwyer. Book, title: "Living Under the Hatch," by Barry O'Riley. 34″ x 70″ flag of Offaly, in green, yellow, pink. Book, title: "Stories from a Sacred Landscape: Croghan Hill to Clonmacnoise," by Caiman O'Brien. 8cm x 8cm x 20cm three dimensional model of High Cross at Burrow, enclosed in black presentation box. Book, title: "Offaly History and Societies," edited by William Nolan and Timothy P. O'Neil. 18-karat Sterling silver pendant and two necklaces, in green presentation box. Pen and ink artist's depiction titled, "Church of Ireland at Templehorry, Welcome President Obama," in a 46.5″ x 34.5″ black frame.
193. Thailand, 2009:
Silver box imprinted with the insignia of the Kingdom of Thailand.
194. Saudi Arabia, 2009:
Large desert scene on a green veined marble base featuring miniature figurines of gold palm trees and camels; large gold medallion with the Royal seal in a green leather display box; large brass and glass clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre in a green leather display case.
195. Ireland, 2011:
14.5″ x 8.5″ x 2″ green copper Marquette, entitled "Equality Emerging" on gray marble base, enclosed in a 10.5″ x 4″ x 1.5″ wooden box.
196. Indonesia, 2011:
Hand-carved wooden sculpture in blue display box.
197. France, 2011:
Set of seven Bonpoint Paris perfume, skincare lotion, and soap products presented in a rectangular zip up white box that says Bonpoint on the inside flap.
198. Philippines, 2012:
18″ hand-woven Buntal fiber box with laminated rainbow shell lid and bone handle on a mahogany stand.
199. Pakistan, 2010:
8″ × 5″ sterling silver bowl, presented in a green presentation box
200. Jordan, 2010:
Two 11.5″ R & Y Augousti stingray and goldcolored candlesticks, presented in a stingray and mother of pearl presentation box. Two 4.5″ × 4.5″ stingray and mother of pearl jewelry boxes, in a stingray and mother of pearl presentation box.
201. Cambodia, 2012:
6″ tall x 4″ wide short silver vase with raised decorative designs.
202. China, 2012:
Basketball in custom red, white, and blue coloring, autographed by donor. 20″ x 79″ replica painting, title: "Five Oxen from the Tang Dynasty," by H. Haung.
203. Palestinian Authority, 2009:
Bottle of olive oil.
204. Germany, 2012:
Book, title: "Berliner Philharmoniker: Im Takt Der Zeit," published by the Berlin Philharmonic, including 12 compact discs featuring their historic concerts. Crystal Theresienthal candy dish.
205. Afghanistan, 2011:
Large Afghan rug in mostly tan, black, brown, and green geometric patterns.
206. Vatican City, 2009:
15″ blue glass jar with a silver design.
207. Spain, 2010:
6.25″ × 6.25″ silver plate engraved with royal signature, in blue presentation box.
208. Afghanistan, 2011:
52″ x 85″ red Afghan rug with blue trim and white tassels.
209. UK, 2011:
Red leather-bound book, title: "A Selection of Papers From the Royal Archives 1834–1897," encased in a 19″ x 16″ x 2″ red leather box.
210. Austria, 2012:
Silver desk set by Rozet and Fischmeister.
211. India, 2009:
Book entitled "Stories from the Panchatantra"; book entitled "Ancient Tales of Wit and Wisdom"; book entitled "The Puffin Treasury of Modern Indian Stories"; book entitled "A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India"; book entitled "The Gandhi Collection: History in the Making: The Visual Archives of Kulwant Roy."
212. Turkey, 2011:
19″ x 12″ ornate silver serving tray with mirror inset, in a 20″ 21″ x 7.5″ blue velvet presentation box. 16″ x 5″ 6″ ornate silver serving dish in a 20″ 21″ x 7.5″ blue velvet presentation box.
213. Turkey, 2009:
10″ x 6″ gold vase.
214. Colombia, 2012:
Large, high-quality book, title: "Cien Años de Soledad," by G.G. Marquez, with hand-drawn pictures presented in wood and canvas case.
215. Kyrgyzstan, 2010:
31″ × 26″ black and tan leather artwork of birds, trees, and other objects in a gold frame.
216. Italy, 2009:
Book entitled "I Vetri di Archimede Seguso dal 1950 al 1959"; pair of blown glass candleholders and a glass fruit bowl.
217. Germany, 2009:
Five Ascot ties in assorted colors and two Krefelder Seidentuch silk scarves.
218. Northern Ireland, 2009:
Belleek handcrafted basket.
219. Italy, 2011:
Book, title: "L'Italia Unita: 150 anniversario Unita d' Italia."
220. China, 2010:
11″ × 9″ "Expo 2010 Shanghai China" blue vase with a floral pattern and image of the Shanghai skyline, in a presentation box. 10″ × 8.5″ framed "Expo 2010 Shanghai China, Colorful China Pavilion Pin Set"
221. Azerbaijan, 2012:
2′ x 3′ rug in flower and octagon design and multiple colors. Six hand-cut crystal glasses with gold tinted base and handle.
222. Turkey, 2009:
Silver bowl with a raised floral motif.
223. Germany, 2009:
Meissen tea set with a floral design; book entitled "Meissen in Meissen."
224. Russia, 2012:
8″ x 11″ silver chalice with ornate blue designs on bowl and base.
225. Japan, 2009:
Mikimoto desk clock; black basketball jersey.
226. Indonesia, 2010:
Nine paperback books and eleven hardcover books about Indonesian history and culture. Two Periplus travel maps of Indonesia. 74″ × 43″ orange and black silk tapestry. 76″ × 46″ orange and black silk tapestry.
227. Indonesia, 2011:
Black leather and multi-colored batik-bound padfolio, embossed with "19th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, Bali—Indonesia, 17–19 November 2011" in gold lettering, accompanied by an ASEAN writing pad, a silver bookmark decorated with a "Bali Dancer," an Indonesia 2011 lapel pin, and a Montblanc pen, all contained in a gold-colored presentation box. ASEAN Summit green batik Leader's shirt in orange, red, black, white, gold, and green. 31″ x 23″ framed oil portrait of the Chiefs of State who attended the East Asia Summit in Indonesia in November 2011 with the words: "East Asia Summit in Indonesia November 2011."
228. Italy, 2009:
Large crystal table with an image of the American Flag.
229. India, 2011:
24″ x 34″ elaborate black rug with gold color and floral bead detailing.
230. Georgia, 2012:
Traditional Georgian headpiece of black wool, silk, and gold embroidery. One copy of the Georgian constitution. Copy of Georgian declaration of independence in display case.
231. Bahrain, 2010:
8″ × 10″ Christolfe silver picture frame with a photograph of President Obama at a table with officials of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
232. Canada, 2011:
Basketball, signed by 2010–2011 Toronto Raptors NBA basketball team, in a 10″ x 10″ hardplastic display case, presented in a 14.5″ x 22.5″ green leather- bound box that has the Prime Minister seal on the top. 23.25″ x 18.25″ golden-framed 19th Century antique map of North America, surrounded by drawings of North American Indians, beavers, and other images, and drawn by Tallis & Co.
233. Burkina Faso, 2009:
Three multicolored shirts and two full-length cloth garments.
234. China, 2009:
Chinese porcelain vase with a blue and white floral motif.
235. Mexico, 2011:
Two volume set about the diary of Frida Kahlo, printed by the Bank of Mexico. This volume is a limited edition of 3000 for three Mexican art museums. Volume One: "Transcriptions," bound in 1⁄4 leather, is a Spanish language transcription. Volume Two: "Poems," bound in full embossed blue leather, is a 92-page full-color facsimile of one of Kahlo's diaries.
236. Qatar, 2011:
11″ x 20″ x 12″ wooden display case containing a small sword, the top of the case displays the seal of the State of Qatar and reads, "Fight Against Corruption."
237. Morocco, 2009:
Nine books related to the history and culture of Morocco.
238. Morocco, 2011:
5′ x 4′ framed black and white photograph of a child looking down and wrapped in an American flag, given to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
239. Kazahkstan, 2010:
5.5″ × 5″ × 1″ lacquered wooden box with "OSCE Kazakhstan 2010" label, containing a 2.5″ diameter medallion of 199.37 gram gold alloy.
240. Italy, 2009:
Twelve silk ties.
241. Mauritius, 2009:
Painting entitled "Mauritius—A Haven for Peace and Harmony," by Daniele Hitie.
242. Czech Republic, 2012:
5″ tall x 3.5″ wide red etched Egerman crystal vase with four small feet and leaf designs.
243. Brazil, 2009:
Silver tray with a floral design; ceremonial plaque; four CDs; two informational booklets.
244. China, 2012:
14″ tall vase with lotus pattern in white and blue.
245. Brazil, 2011:
Personalized "Penalty" white soccer jersey with one diagonal black stripe and "Electrobras" in blue on the front. Personalized "Olympikus" red and black striped soccer jersey. Personalized "Fluminenso" green and red soccer jersey with white collar. Personalized "FILA" black and white striped soccer jersey with black collar with "Neo Quimica Genericos" on the front. Personalized yellow Nike Brazil soccer jersey with one horizontal green stripe across chest. Two DVDs, title: 5x Favela Agora por Nos Mesmos. Two DVDs, title: Orfeu. Book, title: "Memorias de um Sargento de Milicias/Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant." Book, title: "Casa Velha/The Old House," by: Machado de Assis. Paperback book authored by Manuel Antonio de Almeida. Book, title: "A Alma Encantadora Das Ruas/The Enchanting Soul of the Streets," by: Joao do Rio. Two sets of DVDs, title: "Unidade de Policia," distributor: Governo Rio de Janeiro.
246. Denmark, 2009:
9.5″ × 12″ wood-framed photograph of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness. Set of two books on Danish history.
247. Croatia, 2010:
Gena black three-piece suit
248. Jordan, 2011:
Wooden candle holder comprised of two spheres on top of one another with white designs containing candle in center; Wooden candle holder comprised of three rectangular figures on top of one another with white designs.
249. Russia, 2009:
50″ x 62″ rug with an image of President Obama.
250. Israel, 2010:
16″ × 10.5″ deluxe edition of hardcover book, title: "Great is Peace"
251. Saudi Arabia, 2012:
10″ tall x 12″ wide gold-plated clock with mother of pearl face and horse figure on the base.
252. Australia, 2012:
Australian flag presented in custom box made of Australian wood.
253. Russia, 2011:
11″ x 10″ wooden box, lined with green velvet, has "the President" and "Barack Obama" embossed on top of a green name plate, contains a DVD titled, "Formula of Power" with the President's picture on the front of the case. 19.125″ x 17.8125″ miniature enamel painting of the Moscow Kremlin, enclosed in a copper frame.
254. UN, 2011:
9″ diameter Tiffany & Co. Revere Pewter bowl, engraved with "Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General United Nations" on one side and the Secretary's signature and United Nations logo on the other, presented in turquoise cloth bag with "Tiffany Co" printed on top.
255. Thailand, 2012:
Royal Bone Chinaware tea set. Framed photograph of President Obama and the Prime Minister.
256. China, 2012:
16″ tall antique yellow vase with flower design.
257. Denmark, 2009:
Book entitled "Restoring the Balance"; book entitled "The Military Balance 2009."
258. Turkey, 2012:
Book, title: "President Abdullah Gu¨l: In His Own Words." 5″ tall silver bowl with Turkish star and moon on top rim.
259. UK, 2009:
Purple shawl made with Harris Tweed Hebrides fabric; assorted children's clothing including three shirts, two pairs of sunglasses, two skirts, one belt, one blazer, one pair of jeans, and two wooden bead necklaces.
260. China, 2009:
12.75″ × 7″ cylindrical "Franz Collection" vase featuring high relief blue iris leaves against a cream color background.
261. China, 2009:
7″ x 11″ red and white porcelain vase by Franz with purple and pink flower design across the front.
262. Azerbaijan, 2012:
Book, title: "Azerbaijan." Book, title: "Azerbaijan: The Land of Tolerance." Book, title: "Azerbaijani Carpets Garabagh Group," by V. Muradov. Six gold cups with blue and silver engraving.
263. Kuwait, 2010:
10″ × 8″ Christofle silver photo frame, in a brown presentation box. 2″ Nieman Marcus picture frame.
264. Italy, 2009:
16.5″ × 12″ Pineider brown leather briefcase embossed with seal of the 2009 G8 Summit with a yellow dust bag and black handling gloves. Navy silk tie. Plastic watch. Book, title: "L'Aquila: Saving an Art City." Office supplies with 2009 G8 Summit seal. Book, title: "G8 Now".
265. Denmark, 2011:
9.5″ x 12″ signed and framed photo of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness.
266. UK, 2009:
One framed photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; one framed photograph of Prince Phillip.
267. Singapore, 2010:
Creative Aurvana Live! black headphones. Creative pocket video camera. Creative noise cancelling earbud headphones.
268. South Korea, 2009:
Two purple Samsung compact digital cameras. Two pieces of pink decorative brocade silk fabric.
269. Japan, 2010:
One titanium cup presented in wooden box with "APEC 2010, Naoto Kan, Prime Minster of Japan" imprinted on top of cover. Black Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 digital camera in a blue and black cardboard box. Black Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D V1 Digital Viewer, presented in black and blue cardboard box.
270. Russia, 2010:
10 Blu-Ray disc set with leather cases, presented in a 32″ × 17″ wooden display box
271. South Korea, 2010:
8″ × 4″ Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab SCH– 1800. Black Samsung headphones. Black Samsung Galaxy Tab stereo video cable. Black Samsung Galaxy Tab USB charging data cable. 5″ × 9″ brown leather case. 5″ 9″ black leather snap-on case. Black Samsung Galaxy Tab charger. 28″ × 28″ red and blue tapestry with decorative design.
272. Singapore, 2010:
Creative ZEN X-Fi 2 64GB MP3 player and earphones. OSIM uGoGo electronic pulse massager
273. Russia, 2009:
Small wooden CD holder; one book; fifteen compact discs.
274. Poland, 2011:
DVD, title: "Best of the Witcher 2: Video Trailers for President Barack Obama," distributor: Atari. Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka. Book, title: "Blood of Elves," by Andrzej Sapkowski. Book, title: "The Last Wish," by Andrzej Sapkowski. Set of four 2″ x 1.5″ clear glass liqueur glasses, each has "Zubrowka" engraved in white. 13.5″ x 9.75″ x 4.5″ "Witcher 2" gift box, inside are three golden "Witcher 2" coins, a "Witcher 2" book, "Witcher 2" stickers, "Witcher 2" make your own aircraft. 5.5″ x 6.5″ x 3″ ivory-colored bust of "Witcher 2" character "Gwynbleioo," a DVD box set of "Witcher 2" bonus DVD, Game DVD, and Game Guide. "Witcher 2" playing cards, and 5 wooden die in black sack with "Witcher 2" emblem. 11.75″ x 7″ x 5″ brown leather carrying case with handles and lock.