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Rare Mahogany Table with Carved Elephant Base with Roosevelt History


This rare octagonal wooden table with a base consisting of a carved figure of an elephant (with eyes made of bone, one is missing) and a glass top dates back to the 1940s. A similar, oval table was given to Mrs Roosevelt and presents almost the identical base and carvings, as the one which was used by Eleanor Roosevelt in her East 74th Street apartment. (see pictures.) The table was presented to the first lady at the “Festival of Dance and Music” for the African Academy of Arts and Research in New York City on April 26, 1946. In her “My Day” newspaper column for that day, Mrs. Roosevelt said of the Festival, “The language of the drums, which is the oldest language in the world, is always fascinating to me and I must say that the rhythm is very hard for anyone to resist.” Mrs. Roosevelt mentioned this table in her autobiography published in 1958, “On My Own.” She noted that it was given to her “by a boy from Nigeria who was then a student in this country but now is finance minister in his own land.” Mrs. Roosevelt was referring to Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, who was President of the African Academy of Arts and Research in 1945 while also attending Columbia University. He later went on to become Nigeria’s Minister of Commerce in 1957.


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    circa 1945
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 22.5 in. x W 30.25 in. x D 18.75 in.

    H 57.15 cm x W 76.84 cm x D 47.63 cm

  • Seller location
    Westport, CT
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