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    Sale 1993

    Important English Furniture

    25 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 96

    A SINGHALESE EBONY, IVORY AND SPECIMEN-WOOD CENTER TABLE**

    19TH CENTURY

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    A SINGHALESE EBONY, IVORY AND SPECIMEN-WOOD CENTER TABLE**
    19TH CENTURY
    The circular top with a central rosette surrounded by ivory line-inlaid radially-veneered wood specimens within a carved stylized shell and scrolling foliate border raised on a baluster standard carved and applied with leaves on three crouching tiger monopodia punctuated by fully sculpted seated figures holding books, the center madallion probably replaced
    31 in. (79 cm.) high, 44½ in. (113 cm.) diameter


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    This table is typical of the carved ebony furniture manufactured on the island of Ceylon/Sri Lanka, throughout the ninteenth century. While the form of these tables is based on English designs dating to the second quarter of the nineteenth century (such as tables in Thomas King's The Modern Style of Cabinet Work Exemplified of 1829), the carved ornament is derived from local traditions. These tables were made for the British colonists in Ceylon and India as well as for export to England. A number of tables similarly inlaid with exotic woods are known including one formerly at the Royal Commonwealth Society with a presentation plaque dated 1836, and another which was on view at the Ceylon Court of the Paris Exhibition of 1855.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.