Elizabethan Refectory Table
This 16th century Elizabethan, oak refectory table with a separate table top and base features the carved cup and cover or “melon bulb” leg common in furniture design from 1560 to 1680. Once owned by patroness of the arts Florence Gould and used in her French villa, the table seated such luminaries as Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, and Jean Cocteau.
Florence Lacaze (1895–1983) left her career as an opera singer in 1923 to marry Frank Gould, son of Jay Gould, the railroad tycoon. In the 1920s, the couple moved to France where they invested in Juan-les-Pins, a resort town on the Mediterranean.They had a large collection of French Impressionist paintings and frequently hosted artists and writers at their villa.
Mrs. Gould founded numerous literary and artistic prizes, including the Critics Prize, the Max Jacob Poetry Prize, the Roger Nimier Prize for literature, the Engraving Prize, and the Musical Composition Prize. At her death, she bequeathed her fortune to the New York foundation that bears her name, known for its gifts to cultural institutions.