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    Sale 5438

    The Sunday Sale

    30 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 115

    A SHIRAZ BRASS-MOUNTED TEAK ARAB CHEST

    PROBABLY GUJARAT, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SHIRAZ BRASS-MOUNTED TEAK ARAB CHEST
    Probably Gujarat, late 19th/early 20th century
    The rectangular hinged top with brass studded decoration and pierced brass mounts at the angles, the interior with a fitted compartment, above three drawers and raised on polychrome painted feet, the exterior with a combination lock and side carrying handles
    21¼ in. (54 cm.) high; 46¾ in. (119 cm.) wide; 22 in. (56 cm.) deep


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    The term 'Arab' chest is used to describe brassbound and decorated hardwood chests found throughout the Gulf region and around the Indian Ocean where Arabs have settled and traded over the centuries. Though called 'Arab' the majority of chests were made in India. The present example is a Shiraz chest, indicated by elements of the chest's construction and design, whilst the free-standing polychrome painted feet suggest it originates from the Gujarat area. The brass studded decoration to the top behind the hasp and the particular type of combination lock on this example are signs of Hindu workmanship.

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