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DINING ROOM, C. 1950
evening. Along each of the sidewalls was centered one of a pair of Louis XVI–style gilt console tables with fleur-de-lis bases, presumably made by Jansen in Paris. Above each table hung one of a pair of gilt-framed looking glasses that reflected the light of the rock crystal chandelier. Lighting was also supplied by a set of four bronze doré sconces with reliefs of young boys and intricate representations of the French royal
crown, as well as by varying examples from Goelet’s collection of 18th-century candelabra. It was here that Goelet (his wife had died in 1949, shortly after their daughter’s wedding) gave one last grand entertainment, in 1964, a dinner-dance in honor of the finish of the America’s Cup Race. After Goelet’s death, the 18-room Champ Soleil was purchased by Mary and James Gordon Douglas Jr.5 It
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