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November 3, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Tables — Richard

An antique dining table and Louis XVI-style antique dining chairs used by Mikhail Gorbachov and other heads of state during George H.W Bush’s 80th birthday celebrations are to be sold at auction, with a combined estimate of $9000 – $14000 (£5760 – £8960).

A sombre date in American history, 11th June 2004 marked the state funeral of President Ronald Reagan. Afterwards, politician and yachting ace Robert Mosbacher lightened the mood a little with a dinner party at his home in River Oaks. The party was to celebrate the 80th birthday of George H.W Bush, who was president when Mosbacher was the US Secretary of Commerce, and the guest list included former world leaders like John Major, Mikhail Gorbachev and Shimon Perez, as well as the current and former US Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Dan Quayle.

Like the fabled furniture of King Arthur the table is circular in form, and while not large enough to house 150 chivalrous Knights can still comfortably seat 22 diners using conventional ladder-back, or Chivari chairs. The 12 chairs designed for the Mosbachers’ table are moulded along more extravagant lines, similar to the upholstered antique balloon back dining chairs once seen in Lancashire parlours. With an estimated value of $4000 – $6000 (£2560 – 3800), they are being sold as a separate lot to the antique dining table, which carries an estimate of $4000 – $6000 (£2600 – £3800).

In Lancashire and Cumbria, antique dining tables of all sizes can be found at good antique dealers; a larger town like Preston is the best place to look.

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