While in residence, the Weddells had lunch and dinner in this room every day.
All of the meals were formal occasions, and the Weddells
dressed in evening clothes for dinner.
One of the house servants, Elliot Lyerly, is said to have been talented in
carving elaborate objects out of food to serve as garnishes. The dining room was
already completed when the Weddells found the paneling from Redbourne House,
Hertfordshire, England, in 1932 at Osborne, Ltd., a London antiques dealer. A
ten-fold eighteenth-century Mexican hunt scene screen is above the dado on the west
wall. It was common in the Victorian era to display hunt scenes in the dining room.
The court cupboard and the chest in front of the hunt scene are both English pieces. The
cedar dining table was made in Mexico and is a copy of the type of refectory table found
in medieval monasteries. The leather upholstered dining chairs are typical of those found in
Europe during the sixteenth century.
The portrait over the fireplace is of Ambassador Weddell and was painted by Philip de
Laszlo in 1936. Mr. Weddell wears the Order of the Condor, which he received from
the Bolivian government, as well as academic robes signifying the honorary degrees he
received during his lifetime.
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