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Doris used the Dining Room at Rough Point differently than her parents’ use in the 1920s. While the positioning of the chandeliers suggests a large central table was intended for this space, Doris Duke preferred to entertain on a smaller scale, putting a table for eight closer to the windows facing the ocean.

The furnishings in this room offer a rare glimpse of what Rough Point might have looked like when the Dukes first summered here in 1924. The pair of Flemish tapestries and the Renaissance painting of the Annunciation above the fireplace were all purchased in 1923 in New York specifically for Rough Point. As in other rooms, however, Doris Duke added her own personal touches throughout the years, most notably in the ceramics found in the room.

Beauvais tapestry with the arms of France and Navarre

Della Robbia fruit baskets

Large Cizhou baluster jar

Tiffany swan centerpiece

Tapestry with proclamation scene

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