• Spanish Splendour  - The Colle auction at Christies

    Sale 7818

    Spanish Splendour - The Collection of a Marqués

    5 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 122

    AN INDIAN METAL-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL, EBONY AND IVORY CABINET

    LATE 16TH OR EARLY 17TH CENTURY, PROBABLY GUJURAT

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    AN INDIAN METAL-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL, EBONY AND IVORY CABINET
    LATE 16TH OR EARLY 17TH CENTURY, PROBABLY GUJURAT
    The tortoiseshell engraved to the reverse overall with images of angels, clerics and birds, the fall-front enclosing seven drawers, on later bun feet, with two paper labels to the underside inscribed '269' and '237'
    7 in. (18 cm.) high; 10 in. (25.5 cm.) wide; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) deep


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    The cabinet offered here is virtually identical to another example in the Távora Sequeira Pinto Collection, Oporto thought to have been made in the Indian province of Gujarat in the 16th century (Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Exotica - the Portuguese Discoveries and the Renaissance Kunstkammer, 17 Oct. 2001 - 6 Jan. 2002, pp. 142-3, no. 42.)

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    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    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.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that three of the interior drawer fronts seem to be veneered with horn, but do appear to be original.


    Literature

    Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Exotica - The Portuguese Discoveries and the Renaissance Kunstkammer, 17 Oct. 2001 - 6 Jan. 2002, H. Trnek and N. Vassallo e Silva eds., no. 42, pp. 142-3.