• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 33

    'THE GOLDEN BOWL' (2001)
    AN INDIAN IVORY-INLAID EBONY AND ROSEWOOD CABINET-ON-STAND

    GUJARAT OR SINDH, LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY, THE DOORS PROBABLY REVERSED AND REMOUNTED, THE SUPERSTRUCTURE AND STAND ENGLISH AND ASSOCIATED IN THE 19TH CENTURY

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    'THE GOLDEN BOWL' (2001)
    AN INDIAN IVORY-INLAID EBONY AND ROSEWOOD CABINET-ON-STAND
    GUJARAT OR SINDH, LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY, THE DOORS PROBABLY REVERSED AND REMOUNTED, THE SUPERSTRUCTURE AND STAND ENGLISH AND ASSOCIATED IN THE 19TH CENTURY
    The mirrored galleried-top above two hinged doors intricately inlaid with stylized flowers within geometric borders enclosing an arrangement of inlaid drawers, below a frieze on faceted tapering legs and ball feet, the underside inscribed in chalk 'TADCASTER', the reverse of one drawer with a label for the International Exhibition of Persian Art, London, 1931 inscribed 'BT/TL'
    62.1.2 in. (159 cm.) high; 34 in. (86.5 cm.) wide; 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep


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    This exotic storage cabinet for precious objects, displaying inlaid panels of flowers, typifies the seventeenth-century Portuguese East India Company manufacture associated with the West Indian coastal regions of Gujarat and Sindh and recalling the painting traditions of Gujarati and Rajasthani art (A. Jaffer, Luxury Goods from India; The Art of the Indian Cabinet-Maker, London, 2002, pp.31 and 32). Such work was prized as 'Elizabethan' by early 19th century antiquarians (A. Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 200l, no.32).

    'The Golden Bowl' is a 2001 Merchant Ivory Production directed by James Ivory, produced by Ismail Merchant and adapted from the Henry James novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The film was shot at locations in England and Italy, including Burghley, Belvoir Castle and Palazzo Borghese. Starring Uma Thurman, Nick Nolte, Kate Beckinsale, and Jeremy Northam, it is the story of two marriages entangled with each other in a complex relationship.
    This cabinet was in the 'Indian Corner' of the London flat of the Assinghams, played by Angelica Huston and James Fox.

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    Provenance

    Mrs Butler, circa 1931.
    The Merchant Ivory Production 'The Golden Bowl' (2001).


    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, International Exhibition of Persian Art, London, The Royal Academy of Arts, 1931, p. 309, no. 800.


    Exhibited

    London, The Royal Academy of Arts, International Exhibition of Persian Art, 7th January - 7 March, 1931, no. 800, loaned by Mrs Butler.