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A SET OF EIGHT ANGLO-INDIAN ROSEWOOD ARMCHAIRS
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A SET OF EIGHT ANGLO-INDIAN ROSEWOOD ARMCHAIRS

CIRCA 1880, POSSIBLY BOMBAY

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A SET OF EIGHT ANGLO-INDIAN ROSEWOOD ARMCHAIRS
CIRCA 1880, POSSIBLY BOMBAY
Each upholstered in close-nailed tan leather, the foliate carved top-rail above padded back, arms and seat, the arm terminals and legs, with zoomorphic masks, on square splayed feet, the underside of the front seat-rail each stamped with the letters C to J inclusive and also stamped respectively 'C = LALJI JIWA', 'D = PIREMJI ZAVER' also inscribed in chalk 'Bingley', 'E = JERAM GORDHAN', 'F = ESMAIL KARIM', 'G = HARILAL LALJI', 'H = GIRDHAR PITAMBAR', 'I = PIREMJI & CHURNILAL DERIJI', 'J = BHANA & LAXMAN' (8)
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It has been suggested that the names stamped on these chairs are the names of various Bombay merchants and that the chairs were probably used in a Bombay merchant's boardroom or committee room.
A related pair of chairs are in the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA.

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