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A SINHALESE EBONY AND SPECIMEN MARBLE CENTER TABLE
A SINHALESE EBONY AND SPECIMEN MARBLE CENTER TABLE

CIRCA 1830, THE MARBLE TOP PROBABLY ASSOCIATED

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A SINHALESE EBONY AND SPECIMEN MARBLE CENTER TABLE
Circa 1830, the marble top probably associated
The inset rectangular marble top with central circular lapis lazuli and grey-veined white marble medallion and radially inlaid specimens including rosso brecciato, granito verde and giallo antico, within a deeply carved lotus edge and incurved frieze with small central drawer, on lotus-carved volute-headed C-scroll legs and an incurved quatripartite base with lotus-head finials to each foot and leaf-tip carved lower molding, with the yellow chalk inscription 39311
27½in. (70cm.) high, 31in. (78.5cm.) wide, 21in. (53.5cm.) deep

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This table is typical of the carved ebony furniture manufactured on the island of Ceylon/Sri Lanka throughout the nineteenth century. While its form derives from English pattern designs of the second quarter of the nineteenth century (such as Thomas King's The Modern Style of Cabinet Work Exemplified of 1829), its carved ornament is influenced by local traditions. These tables, typically with specimen wood tops, were made for the British colonists in Ceylon and India as well as for export to England. A pair tables with similar supports was sold in these Rooms, 21 January 1999, lot 379.
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