Grateful Dead table gifted to Rock Scully by Jack and Sue Ellis, with etched glass top
Mahogany with etched glass depicting artwork corresponding to a saying in The Book of the Dead, showing wear but in relatively good condition.
As stated by Rock: "This table along with its exact twin came from a pair of swinging bank doors. They originated in the late 1890s and hung at the Wells Fargo Bank of Santa Rosa, California. Jack Ellis bought them and he and his wife, Sue, decided to make one into a coffee table for my birthday until they remembered Garcia's birthday was also August 1st. They commissioned a neighborhood friend to build two identical tables. Their neighbor in Guereneville, California, Bill Blane, was a well known artist with a Master's degree from U.C. Berkeley and a graduate of the Art Institute of San Francisco. He spent hundreds of hours on these two beautiful antique doors. After removing the old Wells lettering, he chose to sandblast the windows with some artwork that he had found that accompanied a saying from The Book of the Dead, i.e. '... Ship of the Sun is moved across the heavens by the winds of the grateful dead.' Or something close to that is what inspired the artist. The tables were delivered in August of 1980 to our house in San Rafael. One stayed upstairs in my family's living room and the other went downstairs to Jerry's apartment where he promptly covered it with his chord books and sheet music that had been piled on the floor. The table in our living room became the centerpiece of countless band meetings, interviews, photo shoots and informal gatherings. As an added brilliant touch, the artist created a convenient and not entirely secret drawer at the bottom end for our smoking materials." Ellis was the on-air MC of the Grateful Dead New Year's simulcasts.
Provenance: Rock Scully
14 x 36 x 62 in.