Lord Raffles Lion Tea Table
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Hand-carved solid hardwood antique replica
Serve tea or simply display a favorite tea service on the twin serpentine shelves of this distinctive work of Gothic revival furniture art destined to become a family heirloom. Named after Lord Thomas Samford Raffles, who founded the British colony of Singapore, it boasts paw feet that rise toward stately winged lions and stylized cherubs on its rhythmically curved apron, this sculptural Toscano exclusive is hand-carved of glowingly polished, kiln-dried hardwood to echo the fine craftsmanship of centuries past.
29"Wx20"Dx31"H. 31 lbs.
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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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