AN ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY AND SPECIMEN WOOD CENTRE TABLE, SRI LANKA, PROBABLY GALLE DISTRICT, MID-19TH CENTURY,
AN ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY AND SPECIMEN WOOD CENTRE TABLE, SRI LANKA, PROBABLY GALLE DISTRICT, MID-19TH CENTURY,
AN ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY AND SPECIMEN WOOD CENTRE TABLE, SRI LANKA, PROBABLY GALLE DISTRICT, MID-19TH CENTURY,
AN ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY AND SPECIMEN WOOD CENTRE TABLE, SRI LANKA, PROBABLY GALLE DISTRICT, MID-19TH CENTURY,
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AN ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY AND SPECIMEN WOOD CENTRE TABLE, SRI LANKA, PROBABLY GALLE DISTRICT, MID-19TH CENTURY,

Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 GBP

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AN ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY AND SPECIMEN WOOD CENTRE TABLE, SRI LANKA, PROBABLY GALLE DISTRICT, MID-19TH CENTURY,

Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

AN ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY AND SPECIMEN WOOD CENTRE TABLE, SRI LANKA, PROBABLY GALLE DISTRICT, MID-19TH CENTURY


with an octagonal top with a foliate carved edge, inlaid with rays of five specimen exotic woods, on a stylised stem with four undulating supports carved as dragons' scaled bodies and wings terminating in feline heads

138cm. max. diam.

80cm. height. approx. 

Condition Report

In good condition, table top detaches from the body, some hairline cracks to wood on base and small nicks to cover, the table top in good condition, some very slight wear to edges and minor nicks, a small part of resoration to carved border, 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."

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

The Galle District of Ceylon was famous in the nineteenth 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-Galle inlaid work, on which we are expended the varied beauties of Ceylon`s ninety-nine species of costly wood. The skillful artificers of Galle tempt the traveller with exquisite productions of their art". The woods probably used here include palm, calamander, tamarind, satinwood, jackwood and ebony.


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 yet been produced-ivory and various coloured native woods are inlaid upon the 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, fig.142 for an ebony circular table with a similar specimen-wood design top). Comparables tables were sold in these rooms, 3 May 2018, lot 129; 6 November 2014, lot 249 and 10 July 2013, lot 227.

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