• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 249

    AN ANGLO-INDIAN ROSEWOOD ('BLACKWOOD') TILT-TOP CIRCULAR TABLE

    PROBABLY BOMBAY, CIRCA 1880

    Price Realised  

    AN ANGLO-INDIAN ROSEWOOD ('BLACKWOOD') TILT-TOP CIRCULAR TABLE
    PROBABLY BOMBAY, CIRCA 1880
    Carved overall with foliage, birds, reptiles, and architectural elements, inscribed twice in chalk to underside Ross
    30 in. (76 cm.) high, 50½ in. (128 cm.) diameter


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    Furniture produced in Bombay in the 19th century was typically of 'Blackwood,' or Indian rosewood, and was richly carved with flowers and foliage, and starting in the 1850s, with animal motifs such as birds, lions and serpents. The inspiration for these later motifs was likely the European decorative vocabulary drawn from antiquity. 'Blackwood' furniture from Bombay was exhibited in the Great Exhibition of 1851, among other international exhibitions, and by the end of the 19th century, the furniture was primarily produced for export. Similar pieces were included in an 1884 advertisement for Liberty's 'Art Furniture' (A. Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, pg. 332, fig. 132).

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