State Dining Room
This room is used regularly for meetings as well as official state breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners.
The fireplace mantle is made of Italian Carrara marble and was carved in England. The marble originates from Carrara, Italy-the northernmost tip of modern-day Tuscany (circa 1750). The garniture on the fireplace mantle are French gilt bronze (1805).
Above the fireplace mantle is a convex bull’s eye mirror made in Ireland (1810).
The mahogany sideboard located along the far wall is attributed to Henry Connelly (Philadelphia cabinetmaker during the Federalist period which is from approximately 1789-1823) (circa 1815). This is one of the finest pieces of furniture in the collection. There are bronze classical mythological dancing figures on the façade.
On top of the sideboard are two cut glass covered urns. English (1810). Also on top of the sideboard is a compote and originates from Dresden, Germany (circa 1820).
Above the sideboard is an oil still life called “Nature’s Bounty.” The German-born artist, Severin Roesen, came to America in 1848 and became one of America’s preeminent still life painters.
The Federal marble top serving table, located along the far wall, is attributed to Charles Lannuier (1805). He was a French-born cabinet maker who came to America in 1803. On the table top is a George III Cellaret (a traveling beverage cabinet) made of mahogany and pine. English (circa 1800). Also on the table top are two French empire bronze candelabras of winged women candleholders (1815).
On the bottom shelf of the table are five Chinese porcelain garniture with a predominantly red color (Famille rose). (18th century).
Above the table is Federal period eglomise mirror. The panel depicts the celebration of peace and the rights of man. United States (circa 1810).
On top of the chest is a Waterford crystal compote etched with Georgia’s state seal. Rich’s department store gave this piece to the mansion for the 250th celebration of the founding of the Georgia colony at Savannah (1733-1983).
Above the chest is an oil painting that is signed and dated by Benjamin West (1763). The picture is called “The Preparation of Psyche” or “The Stolen Kiss.” West was born in Pennsylvania. As a child, Native American’s showed him how to make paint by mixing clay from the river bank with bear grease in a pot. In 1763, he traveled to England for a visit but never returned to America.
Along the same wall are two mahogany card tables attributed to one of the premiere Federalist period (approximately 1789-1823) furniture makers, Duncan Phyfe (1810). They were exhibited in the landmark 1929 Girl Scout loan exhibition held at the American Art Association’s galleries in New York.
On top of the card tables are a pair of urns called Sevres. They are named for the Paris suburb where they were made. France (circa 1810). The four sconces are Italian and were made in the 20th century.
The table in the center of the room is mahogany and called an accordion table. It was made by John Seymour, a furniture maker during the Federalist period, in Boston (circa 1810). It can be adjusted to seat from 4 to 18 guests.
On the table are the Gorham silver candelabras and an epergne. They came from the battleship USS Georgia (1907).
The chairs are curly maple English reproductions of the Federal Greek revival style. They are replicas of the 19th-century chairs that are located at the Telfair Academy in Savannah.
The chandelier is Waterford (circa 1800). The carpet is Persian (first quarter 20th century).
All of the fabrics in the state dining room are made by one of America’s most prestigious manufacturers of traditional textiles- Scalamandre – as are the majority of the fabrics in the mansion. They are famous for their work at the White House. First Lady Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy commissioned the company to help restore the White House furniture in the early 1960’s. Subsequent refurbishments at the White House over the years used Scalamandre fabrics. Many of the Georgia mansion’s furnishings were recovered or remade during the Sonny Perdue administration (2002-2010) through the efforts of First Lady Mary Perdue.