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Two ivory and ebony-inlaid Hoshiapur tables, North India, circa 1900
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Two ivory and ebony-inlaid Hoshiapur tables, North India, circa 1900
of octagonal form, with Mughal arched sides, one with detachable table top and foldable legs, each decorated with inlaid ivory foliate designs, one with facing birds, the other with carved central leafy bands
Quantity: 2
61.4cm. height
61.4cm. diam. approx.
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Catalogue Note

As Dr Amin Jaffer notes in relation to a very similar table at the Victoria and Albert museum, 'octagonal tables of this form were made in several places in late nineteenth-century India, principally in response to the growing fashion in Europe for 'Moorish' and 'Arab' furnishings and decorative accessories'.  (Jaffer 2001, p.288). The present tables were inspired by examples imported into India from Cairo which derive ultimately from sixteenth-century Ottoman models used for ground-level communal eating. Islamic interiors were an ever more popular part of international design exhibitions in the second half of the nineteenth century. They were replicated in numerous paintings and publications, and re-created in English homes such as Lord Leighton's Holland Park mansion and William Burges' Arab Room at Cardiff Castle.

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