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Indo Portuguese, Goa, 17th century | 'Contador' Cabinet

UK: Greenford Park WarehouseRestricted SpeciesVAT applies to buyers outside the UK

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 GBP

Indo Portuguese, Goa, 17th century | 'Contador' Cabinet

Indo Portuguese, Goa, 17th century | 'Contador' Cabinet

Estimate:

12,000

to
- 18,000 GBP

Indo Portuguese

Goa, 17th century

'Contador' Cabinet


teak, rosewood, ebony, ivory

ivory handles and key escutcheons, probably replaced in the 19th century

133cm. high, 94cm. wide, 51cm. deep; 4ft. 4½in., 3ft. 1in., 1ft. 8in.

The ivory handles, key escutcheons and side handle cartouche backs have been replaced. In overall good conserved condition. The central moulding with repairs with large replaced sections, namely to the sides. small losses and repairs to veneers, marks and scratches consistent with age and use.


"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."

This lot contains ivory or rhino horn and other restricted materials. Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrictor prohibits the import of certain items (including ivory) to protect wildlife conservation. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with CITES licence applications where a buyer elects to either collect or arrange their own shipping, nor will Sotheby's assist with the international movement of ivory/rhino horn by air, either as freight or through hand carry. Sotheby's shipping will only assist in shipping the lot to either domestic UK or EU destinations, where delivery is made by road transport. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation. ‘Please note that where the buyer is from within the UK the lot is sold with no VAT symbol. Where the buyer resides outside the UK the lot is invoiced as if it bore the “†” symbol.’
The Portuguese settled in Goa in 1510, with this city becoming the capital of their expanding maritime empire. By the 17th century, a true metropolitan hub, Goa was a furniture production centre exporting large quantities to Europe. The present cabinet, with the Portuguese name of contador, was inspired in its shape by its European counterparts, and is archetypical of the Goan production of this century, with its set of twelve drawer fronts to the upper section, all veneered in a geometric inlay pattern that is seen in other smaller caskets, coffers and chests from the period, frequently embellished by gilt copper pierced mounts.

The cabinet is supported by nagini at each corner. These mermaid-like creatures, with their entwining tails, are indigenous snake divinities that are considered to bring good fortune and protection. For related cabinets see Pedro Dias, Mobiliário Indo-Português, 2013, pp.274-281.