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Putin’s long table sparks dispute over who built it

With Ukraine’s fate uncertain, the world’s attention has focused on emergency talks, troop movements, threats, high-level meetings.

And the table of President Vladimir V. Putin.

The white, oval giant, where the Russian President has met with leaders including President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, has been the subject of semiotic analysiscountless memes, and now, an international disagreement between the two furniture makers, who both say they built it.

On Tuesday, Spanish furniture maker Vicente Zaragozá told Spanish radio station Cope that his company supplied the table and that although it was far from perfect, seeing it prevented him from doing so. The distance between Mr Putin and Mr Macron “touches me”.

In northern Italy, Renato Pologna, who runs his family’s furniture company, said he had no idea what Mr. Zaragozá was talking about.

“We have already set the table,” he said. “I don’t even know who these people are.”

Mr. Pologna said that his company, OAK, built the table for Boris Yeltsin in 1995 when he was Russia’s president, as part of a commission to fully furnish two floors of a Kremlin palace. Within two years, he said, his company supplied marble panels, doors, sofas, tables and fireplaces for the room where Putin met with leaders, as well as for the other rooms and the upper floors of the building, which are private residences. for the president.

Mr. Pologna said the 20-foot table is made of thick oak, lacquered with watercolor paint and decorated with gold leaf. Only the top weighs about 770 pounds, he said.

Mr Zaragozá, who could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, told the radio station that the table “is made of wood from the Alps, from trees that grow in the shade, because when trees grow in the sun God, they will grow quickly.” He said that his company supplied the Kremlin from 2002 to 2006.

Mr. Pologna said that Mr. Zaragozá was unable to build the original table because it appeared in a book published in Russia in 2000 with paintings from the Kremlin palace and provided an image from the book.

The Kremlin could not immediately clarify the matter.

Furniture manufacturers have a lot of backgrounds. His company Zaragozá produced furniture for other major clients in the former Soviet Union, including designing a dining room for the president of Uzbekistan. Mr. Pologna said that he furnished the palaces of Malaysian monarchs, the private residences of Arab royal families and did some work for Saddam Hussein during his early days in power.

But the table in Moscow now has a special meaning to both of them.

“It gives me the satisfaction of having done something important, the rest is not important to me,” said Mr. Zaragozá.

“If they solve the situation in Ukraine,” said Mr. Pologna, “it means this table has brought them luck”.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/world/putin-table.html Putin’s long table sparks dispute over who built it

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