Elephant Coffee Table

Contributed by Gardner Family

Elephant Coffee Table

My maternal Grandfather Horace James William Rush (1914-1973) brought this table back when returning from working in South Africa in the late 1940s or early 1950s. There was a lamp to match which is now in Italy where my aunt lives. My Grandfather bought numerous items of furniture back with him which are now scattered among his two daughters, five grandchildren and eight grandchildren in Cambridgeshire, London, Wiltshire, Wales and Italy.

Because the items are distinctively not from Europe they always fascinated me as a child. They were nearly all made from a highly polished orange/brown wood and my love for them generated in me a life long indifference to pine or pale woods.

My Grandfather bought furniture back from Africa to enhance the status of his family with relatives and family and it was always very much on display. His decedents have diluted its impact by breaking up the collection, but each piece has great emotional meaning for its new owner. My children also love this table.

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