The Palace of Mysore, Karnataka. Ex-collection Pierre Jourdan Barry.
This intricate low relief carving on ivory depicts a courtly couple relaxing under a fringed canopy within a pavilion supported by baluster shaped columns. It constitutes one of several remaining plaques that were used in the construction of ivory doors for the palace of Mysore in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Stylised designs of courtly couples such as this one would have adorned the eight compartments of each door surrounded by a floral border. As a result of the significant damage suffered by the palace of Mysore in the centuries since its construction in the fourteenth century, its remaining interior decoration was dismantled and dispersed.
Comparable carved plaques are located in the Rietberg Museum, Zurich (inv. no.RVI415), and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (inv. no.82.083).
the two plaques each with four drill holes, carved in relief with some vertical hairline cracks in ivory, some minor nicks to surface, the edges uneven, minor discoloration to front, the reverse very discolored with scratchs and marks, outline of Indian gentleman drawn, part seems to have been stained (a vertical crack along edge of one), the other also with small crack, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."