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PROPERTY REMOVED FROM MS STATENDAM AND MS RYNDAM OF THE RENOWNED HOLLAND AMERICA LINE

Two Indian hardwood architectural facades
, Gujurat, late 18th/early 19th century
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273

PROPERTY REMOVED FROM MS STATENDAM AND MS RYNDAM OF THE RENOWNED HOLLAND AMERICA LINE

Two Indian hardwood architectural facades
, Gujurat, late 18th/early 19th century
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Two Indian hardwood architectural facades
, Gujurat, late 18th/early 19th century
the larger 219cm. high, 267cm. wide; 7ft. 2in., 8ft. 9¼in. the smaller 216cm. high, 172cm. wide; 7ft. 1in., 5ft. 7¾in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's, Indian and Southeast Asian Art, New York, 28 March 1996, lots 166-67

Catalogue Note

Woodcarving is one of the most important crafts in the Indian region of Gujurat. Deprived of locally sourced timber, wood of a suitable quality for carving had to be imported into Gujurat, which was well positioned to exploit the trading routes between modern day Pakistan, Rajasthan and the Indian Ocean. The skill of the Gujurati craftsman is evident in the intricately carved temples, havelis (wooden mansions) and palaces, as well as objects for day-to-day and ritual use. Elaborate wooden structures existed as early as the 12th century, beautifully embellished with complex geometric detail transforming them into veritable works of art, as is evidenced by the present lot.

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