AN EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF BAROQUE INDONESIAN DJATI WOOD CHAIRS
Jakarta (Batavia), late 17th/early 18th century
Each extensively carved, with scrolling foliate motifs and winged putti in the top rail, with idem carved stretcher under the seat with flower basket and swags, reminiscent of the designs of French Huegenot court designer of William and Mary in the Netherlands, Daniel Marot (1661-1752).
H. 100 x W. 56.5 x D. 51 cm
This pair of chairs relates to a number of extant chairs with Dutch Baroque motifs and carvings executed in Asian hardwoods in the Dutch East Asian settlements. In the Netherlands and England chairs with oval caned backs were fashionable during the reign of William and Mary (1689-1702). A chair with a similar carving of two winged putti in the top rail, dated late 17th century, is in the collection of the Museum Sejarah Jakarta. (Jan Veenendaal, Furniture from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, Pl. 96.) and another one also with winged putti in the Purba Sutanta Collection in Jakarta (idem, Pl. 97). The present pair is exceptional in its very extensive carving.
The French Huguenot court designer of William and Mary in the Netherlands, Daniel Marot (1661-1752), became the most influential designer of interiors and furniture around 1700 in the Netherlands.