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Lord Raffles Lion Occasional Table
Item#AE36
Hand-carved solid hardwood antique replica
Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Toscano-exclusive Lord Raffles Collection, we're offering yet another hand-carved, solid hardwood signature piece! Boasting the traditional lion's paw feet that rise toward stately winged lions and stylized cherubs, it requires well over two weeks of skilled hand-carving. Keep treasures at hand in its three generous, flocked drawers with metal handles rest beneath a 2½-foot-wide, beveled top of glowingly polished, kiln-dried hardwood.
31½"Wx18"Dx31"H. 92 lbs.
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  • Inside each drawer measures 18"W x 14.5"D x 5"H
  • Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826)

    On first seeing Singapore, which was then a small fishing village, Raffles, a particularly forward-looking and benevolent agent of the East India Company, grasped its potential as an entrepot (or trans-shipment) port. He thereupon purchased the island for the East India Company from the Sultan of Johor and invited Chinese and Indians to immigrate to the new town, thus inaugurating Singapore' s present multi-cultural society. During the short time that Raffles visited Singapore, he founded a girl's school and other institutions.

    Unfortunately, his wife and children died there from illness, and shortly after his return to England he died of a brain tumor, having lost his fortune when a bank in India crashed. Some months before his death, the British government refused a pension for Raffles, one the most important, as well as most benign, creators of the British Empire.

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