The basic architectural elements of this room were designed by Crawley for the Fifth Avenue townhouse owned by Jay's father Henry. When Henry decided to move to the "country," Lake Success, the room and its furnishing were dismantled and reinstalled at Westbury in 1927. (Henry's heirs would later donate this country estate, Bonnie Blink, to the Great Neck School district and the former residence serves today as the district's administrative offices.)
The screen in the back left corners obscure the entrance to the warming room and the butler's pantry where food prepared in a basement kitchen was plated.
On the south wall is a double portrait of Mrs. Henry Phipps, Jay’s mother, and her infant grandson, Winston Guest, painted by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925).
left to right, facing the fireplace
The mahogany table is set with the family's china and Tiffany silver.
Henry Phipps House, 1063 Fifth Avenue (87th Street), Manhattan.
The tour continues on the second floor (return to the Front Hall and proceed up the staircase).