Dining Room

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The dining room may not seem large. This was Eva's smaller home, but she could still extend the dining table up to twelve feet into the reception room.

Portraits were commonly hung in the dining room, and the Fenyes Mansion has not only hung portraits but also a tea cup set upon which Eva painted portraits of Leonora and her friends.

Chandelier, 19th century

Baltic neoclassic gilt-metal, cobalt-blue and colorless cut glass. Supposedly from the home of artist Carl Oscar Borg, which would make it likely Austrian. Hand cut, hand blown. Cobalt blue which reflects blue onto the lower crystals.

Dining room furniture set, 1906

Eva Fenyes ordered the set in June 1906 from H F Huber, a decorator in New York. Commissioned specifically for this dining room, the set was designed and hand-crafted by Tiffany Studios in a European Renaissance Revival style using the highest-quality oak. (The firm is most famous for its stained glass.) The set consists of a table; two chairs with arms, and six side chairs (all the chairs were reupholstered in 1985); a four-foot serving table; and a seven-foot sideboard. Leaf inserts extend the table to twelve feet.

Fireplace mantel, 1906

Eva had the dining set shipped to Carlenos Nash Company in Los Angeles so that the workmen there could carve a matching fireplace mantle. The set arrived at the workshop in 1906.

Paintings in dining room

Blue Ribbons (1909)
John Hubbard Rich

Portrait of Leonora "Babsie" Curtin at age five
Oil on canvas.

Eva Scott Muse (1882)
Charles Frederick Ulrich
Eva was 32 or 33 in this portrait. Oil on canvas.

Leonora Muse Curtin (1934)
George Townsend Cole
Leonora Muse Curtin was age 53. Oil on canvas.

Paloheimo Children (1950s)
Honored Earl of London
On the right are George and Nina. On the left side are Eric and Eva. Pastel on paper.


Fenyes Mansion dinner plates"
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Fenyes Mansion silverware
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Leonora Muse, 1883. William H. Lippincot. Leonora Muse Curtin was age four in this portrait. Oil on canvas.
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Leonora Muse, 1883. William H. Lippincot. Leonora Muse Curtin was age four in this portrait. Oil on canvas.

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Sevres-type lidded urns, 1753. Porcelain with brass mounts added at a later date.
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Sevres-type lidded urns, 1753. Porcelain with brass mounts added at a later date.

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Porcelain tea cup set. Original set had fifteen pieces. Eva painted three pieces with portraits of Leonora and her friends.
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Porcelain tea cup set. Original set had fifteen pieces. Eva painted three pieces with portraits of Leonora and her friends.

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