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    Sale 5438

    The Sunday Sale

    30 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 119

    A SURAT BRASS-MOUNTED TEAK ARAB CHEST

    PROBABLY OMAN, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SURAT BRASS-MOUNTED TEAK ARAB CHEST
    Probably Oman, late 19th/early 20th century
    The rectangular hinged top with brass studded decoration and pierced punched brass mounts at the angles, enclosing an interior fitted with a small compartment, above three short drawers on shaped bracket feet, the lock to the top stamped 'Lever/Secure Patent', with a brass combination lock to the exterior with arabic script and side carrying handles
    28¼ in. (72 cm.) high; 51 in. (130 cm.) wide; 24¼ in. (61.5 cm.) deep


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    The present example with its more ornate style and decoration is a classic example of the Surat type of chest. The strip of pierced brass plate that extends the width of the chest above the drawers and the shape and style of the hasp are further indications of this type. The incorporation of a base with shaped bracket feet suggests the present lot may originate from Oman.
    For a more detailed discussion and comparable examples, see The Arab Chest by Sheila Unwin, London, 2006.

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