338A
338A

OTHER PROPERTIES

A Ceylonese ebony and inlaid centre table
second quarter, 19th century, Galle district
Estimate
12,00018,000
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338A

OTHER PROPERTIES

A Ceylonese ebony and inlaid centre table
second quarter, 19th century, Galle district
Estimate
12,00018,000
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A Ceylonese ebony and inlaid centre table
second quarter, 19th century, Galle district
with a circular tilt-top inlaid with a whorl of exotic veneers including palmwood, calamander, satinwood and mahogany, outlined with chevron bandings incorporating ivory and silver, with a central medallion, on a leaf-carved base with melon feet
78cm. high, 115cm. diam.; 2ft. 6¾in., 3ft. 9¼in.
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Catalogue Note

The Galle district of Ceylon was famous in the 19th century for its specimen-wood furniture, remarked upon by a traveller in 1848 who described a tea table as `a fine specimen of the Point-de-Gaulle inlaid work, on which are expended the varied beauties of Ceylon`s ninety-nine species of costly woods...The skilful artificers of Galle tempt the traveler [sic] with exquisite productions of their art'. In 1850 H.C.Sirr wrote that in Galle one could find `those exquisite inlaid articles, which far surpass any specimen of Tunbridge ware that has been produced- ivory and various coloured native woods are inlaid upon ebony and as the designs are well defined, the effect produced is magnificent.' See A. Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, 2001, p.373.

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