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An Anglo Indian padouk and ivory inlaid bureau bookcase
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À propos de l'objet

An Anglo Indian padouk and ivory inlaid bureau bookcase\nVizagapatam, circa 1780, The upper section with a pair of glazed astragal doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the fall revealing pigeonholes above small drawers, below are four long drawers with white metal handles, inlaid throughout with engraved ivory trailing flowers and foliage\n230.5cm. high, 112cm. wide, 61cm. deep; 8ft. 4¾ in., 3ft. 8in., 2ft.
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notes

The present lot belongs to a distinct group of furniture manufactured in the south-eastern coastal town of Vizagapatam for European settlers and traders. Whilst the decoration is recognisably Indian in character, drawing its inspiration from brightly coloured cotton goods, the design of the cabinet-work is based on 18th century Dutch, English or Portuguese models. The materials such as ivory, teak and padouk were locally sourced, providing striking new variations on familiar themes. This bureau bookcase represents a stylistic evolution of an earlier double domed prototype exemplified by a number of closely related pieces documented in Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, 2001, pp. 182-185. Dating from 1730s, these are characterised by a greater profusion of inlay, sometimes featuring an ebony ground. In contrast, the inlay on the cabinet here is restricted to border work. The offered lot can be regarded as a rare survival as the standard reference works covering this category of furniture do not include any directly comparable  full-scale bureau cabinets of this date. Towards the end of the 18th century, Vizagapatam cabinet-makers extended the use of ivory to veneer work, typified by miniature bureau cabinets such as that illustrated in Amin Jaffer op. cit., p. 201, no. 46. The relative abundance of extant examples of this smaller size, suggests the possibility that the fashion for ivory veneering was not conducive to full scale cabinet work. This may have been a contributing factor in the apparently diminishing production of larger pieces such as the present lot, towards the end of the 18th century.

A related clothes press recorded in the collection of the Earls of Craven at Combe Abbey, is illustrated in H. Avray Tipping, English Homes, 1920, period IV, vol. I, p. 171, pl. 227. Further comparable clothes presses sold Christie's, Wateringbury Place, 1 June 1978, lot 627 and Christie's London, 15 November 1990, lot 111.

For a comprehensive footnote on 18th century Anglo-Indian furniture production in Vizagapatam, see Sotheby's London 6 June 2006, lot 330.

dimensions

230.5cm. high, 112cm. wide, 61cm. deep; 8ft. 4¾ in., 3ft. 8in., 2ft.

provenance

Anonymous sale, Sotheby's London, 19 June 1981, lot 90a.


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*Merci de noter que le prix n'est pas recalculé à la valeur actuelle, mais se rapporte au prix final réel au moment où l'objet a été vendu.


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