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Thursday, 11 June 2015 16:57

Grandeur in the White Mountains: Art, Architecture, and Automobiles

    Central to the grand foyer and living room are a set of four chairs with carved and gilded arms in the form of griffins. Made for MGM Studios, the chairs were props in the 1943 movie The Picture of Dorian Gray, starring Hurd Hatfield, an acquaintance of Rugers for many years. A Chippendale looking glass is mounted at the stair landing. Several bronzes by Remington, and Austrian sculptor Friedrich Goldscheider’s (1845–1897) 1890 Lady Walking a Panther on a Floral Leash, are strategically placed for visual effect. Central to the grand foyer and living room are a set of four chairs with carved and gilded arms in the form of griffins. Made for MGM Studios, the chairs were props in the 1943 movie The Picture of Dorian Gray, starring Hurd Hatfield, an acquaintance of Rugers for many years. A Chippendale looking glass is mounted at the stair landing. Several bronzes by Remington, and Austrian sculptor Friedrich Goldscheider’s (1845–1897) 1890 Lady Walking a Panther on a Floral Leash, are strategically placed for visual effect.

A winding drive leads up to this pale-yellow Victorian house, sitting against a background of open fields with views of the surrounding mountains. The 1872 mansion, with a four-story russian domed tower at its center, is a mixture of Late Gothic, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival details.

Its owner, William Batterman Ruger Jr., or Bill Ruger, as he prefers to be called, is the eldest son of William B. Ruger Sr. the legendary gun designer and cofounder of Sturm, Ruger and Company. Since his retirement from the company in 2006, after a forty-two year tenure, Bill Jr. has pursued...

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