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PROPERTY FROM THE JOSEPH M. MORPURGO COLLECTION

A matched pair of Dutch Colonial carved teakwood 'burgomaster' chairs, Sri Lanka, second half 18th century
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PROPERTY FROM THE JOSEPH M. MORPURGO COLLECTION

A matched pair of Dutch Colonial carved teakwood 'burgomaster' chairs, Sri Lanka, second half 18th century
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A matched pair of Dutch Colonial carved teakwood 'burgomaster' chairs, Sri Lanka, second half 18th century
the rounded toprail above a pierced back with three carved roundels, the circular caned swivel seats on six cabriole legs joined by baluster stretchers and carved splats, on claw feet; together with two shaped swab cushions, one 18th century geometric floral needlework, probably European with Oriental influences, edged with velvet  and needlework trim, with later green backing, the other modern claret coloured velvet,
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Provenance

Acquired in 1948-50

Catalogue Note

Related literature:

J. Veenendaal, Furniture from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India during the Dutch Period, Delft, 1985, p. 73, ill. 69

The 'Burgomaster' chair is distinguished by its six legs and rounded back. Showing an obvious Indian influence in their design, the oldest have straight turned legs joined to each other by circular stretchers. The rounded back was achieved by sawing the wood into this shape, with no steam used. The medallions in the backs are one of the foremost characteristics, and were either inset with carved floral panels or woven with rattan. 

An example of nearly identical 'Burgomaster' chair was sold Christie's Amsterdam, 21 June 2011, lot 116. 

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