A HIGH-RELIEF CARVED EBONY TABLE CABINET, PROBABLY COROMANDEL COAST OR BATAVIA, LATE 17TH/18TH CENTURY
carved to each side, with a pair of doors enclosing seven small drawers, the carcass of Indian rosewood, with paper label initialled 'MCB' in manuscript, on an associated 19th century ebonised oak stand
108cm. high, 51cm. wide, 33cm. deep; 3ft. 6½in., 1ft. 8in., 1ft. 1in.
Decorative and very charming. The ebony is lustrous. Re-glued veneers and carved panels. The right door inside of unusual matt appearance and some losses where elements have been attached at this site as well as typical age cracks etc. Chips and losses as to be expected due to age. One engraved brass angle mount lacking. Gilt brass mounts tarnished and possibly associated although they appear to have age. Age crack. One drawer lacking ring-pull. Victorian stand generally good although the stretcher rail with old break which will need attention.
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'MCB' most likely relates to Lady Mary Catherine Berkeley (1829-1924)
Jan Veenendaal discusses relief carved ebony surfaces in these exotic pieces in his seminal text Furniture from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, Delft, 1985. He identifies two distinct periods relating to carved detail and references several examples to support this categorisation. Jan Veenendaal dates low-relief carving to between 1650-1680 and gives the high relief carving in the present lot to between 1680-1720.