SALADA TEA DOORS
English sculptor Henry Wilson was
commissioned to design these doors
by Salada Tea Company's founder
Cast by The Gorham Company in
1926, the bronze panels depict the
1920's Ceylon tea industry from
planting through harvest and export.
Figures representing Indian deities
frame the bronze panels. The bronze
doors were awarded with the highly
distinguished silver medal at the
Paris Salon of 1927.
The marble surrounding the doors
consists of reliefs executed by
French sculptor M. Caesar Caira
and show Demeter, Triptolemus and
Persephone; Greek gods associated
with agriculture and harvest.
Projecting elephant heads form the
capitals of the pilasters and profiles
of elephants form the frieze above
the doors. Salada Tea Company
moved its headquarters from this
building and Liberty Mutual owns
the building today.