Indian Ocean

AN EXTREMELY RARE, POSSIBLY UNIQUE, SRI LANKAN EBONY CHILD'S ARMCHAIR

Probably Sri Lanka, late 17th/early 18th century

Overall densely carved with scrolling flower motif, on four connected turned legs and bun feet, with cane seating.

 

H. 55 x W. 40.5 x D. 40.5 cm
Seat height 27.5 cm

Note:
Similar carvings were made in the Molucca’s as well, where ebony was abundant in the 17th century, by slaves from Bali and also in Batavia by Tamil woodworkers. But because this chair turned up in England it is perhaps more likely to have come from Sri Lanka than from Indonesia. Jan Veenendaal (Wonen op de Kaap en in Batavia, 1602-1795, page 32, ed. Titus Eliëns) argued that the inspiration of the carved flower decoration on this type of ebony furniture is from Dutch flower prints for instance in Den Blomhof by Crispijn de Passe de Jonge (first edition 1614), and from Dutch lobe decorated silver by the van Vianen brothers that became very popular in Holland around 1660. No other chair of this type of such small dimensions is known to us. The carving is of such high quality that it must have been made for a child of very wealthy parents.

Indian Ocean

The vast country of India and its magnificent diversity in cultures have amazed many in history and present. From the crowded centuries-old cities on the banks of mother Ganga, the Ganges river, to the lush rainforests and great harbour cities like Visakhapatnam. India has brought the world Hinduism and Buddhism, along with its many artistic outings in the form of sculpture, painting and everything that comes with it. Furniture and artefacts from the Coromandel Coast were and are still highly sought after and are possibly the most elaborate wood carved objects in the world, next to these from Sri Lanka. The latter country, like India, has a long history of influences from other countries and continents like Europe. This resulted in the absolute pinnacle of beauty in style, which we present here.

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A rare complete Indian sadeli inlaid work and writing box

 

An Indian Kashmir silver-embroidered wool Choga, men's ceremonial coat

 

An Indian silver filigree casket with hinged cover

 

An Indian bezoar stone with silver and silver filigree mounts

(sold)

 

A Sri Lankan woven basket with silver mounts

(sold)

 

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A magnificent low-relief carved ebony cabinet-on-stand

(sold)

 

An Indian-Portuguese sculpture of The Holy Virgin holding the Child Jesus on her arm, giving him reading lessons

(sold)

 

Three fine wood bible boxes​

 

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A Vizagapatam pen-engraved ivory-inlaid rosewood writing box

 

A Sri Lankan Rococo coromandel wood miniature cabinet

(sold)

                                

A rare Vizagapatam pen-engraved ivory inlaid document box with silver mounts
(sold)

 

Two Sri Lankan tortoiseshell bible boxes with silver mounts

 

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A pair of Sri Lankan ebony and cane easy chairs
(one sold)

 

A Sri Lankan satinwood and cane 'Burgomaster' chair

 

A Dutch colonial ebony, teak, sandalwood, rosewood and oak document box

 

A fine Sri Lankan openwork ivory box
(sold)

 

A fine Sri Lankan satinwood 'Burgomaster' chair
(sold)

 

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Two rare Sri Lankan satinwood and cane high-back chairs

 

(sold)

 

A pair of seldomly seen French Indian colonial teak wood consoles
(sold)

 

An Indian punch-dagger Katar and scabbard

 

A pair of Indian ivory scent or rosewater sprinklers

 

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A unique Anglo-Indian spill holder or spill vase

 

A collection of four ivory Sri Lankan bible boxes

 

Hugo Vildred Pedersen (1870-1959)

Portrait of a “Trommelslager 282”

 

Hugo Vildred Pedersen (1870-1959)

A portrait of a “Madras boy”

 

An important and rare large Indian 'Company style' painting on ivory depicting a parade

 

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A large jackwood 'V.O.C.' chest with brass mounts

 

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A Vizagapatam pen-engraved ivory veneered sandalwood portable writing desk with silver mounts

 

An extremely rare Indian ivory-inlaid ebony armchair

(sold)​

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An Indian-Portuguese wood and ivory sculpture of the Madonna seated on a throne, giving Jesus reading lessons

(sold)

 

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An extraordinary pair of Indian ebony low chairs formerly owned by the Duke of Westminster

 

An Indian pink sandstone temple fragment

 

An Indian ivory casket with carvings after European prints

 

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An Indian silver rosewater sprinkler

 

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An Indian rosewood and ebony brass mounted box for the Islamic market

 

An Indian ebony side chair
(sold)

 

An unusual Indian half-relief carved ebony armchair

 

Three Cambodian pumpkin-shaped silver boxes

 

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A Sri Lankan ebony wall bracket by Don Andris Cabinet Makers, Colombo

 

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A splendid large Indian mother-of-pearl covered powder-flask

(sold)

 

An exceptionally finely carved Indian sandalwood box with silver mounts
(sold)

 

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HERMANN REICHSFREIHERR VON KÖNIGSBRUNN (1823-1907)

“Mönche unter einem Bodhi Baum” (Monks under a sacred bodhi tree)

(sold)

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A Sri Lankan openwork-carved ivory and mica covered wood box with trapezoid-shaped lid and silver mounts
(sold)

A delicately carved Portuguese Sri Lankan Crucifix

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A pair of Sri Lankan coromandel wood high-back chairs

 

(sold)

A Sri Lankan satinwood 'burgomaster' chair

(sold)

A Sri Lankan jackwood and ebony hexagonal shaped chest with brass mounts

A Sri Lankan or Indonesian rosewood and ebony armchair

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An ivory sculpture of a seated Sri Lankan king

A Sri Lankan tortoiseshell and ivory writing box
(sold)

A Dutch-colonial decanter-box with silver mounts
Possibly Sri Lanka
(sold)

A Sri Lankan ivory chest with English silver mounts
(sold)

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A silver commemorative salver or 'schenkpiering' commemorating M.Juffrouw Maria Wilhelmina Cambier
Coromandel coast, Masulipatnam, 1735
(sold)

A brass tobacco box with engraving Door gewelt gevelt, door’t regt herstelt, 1729 Colombo and at the back the initials A.S., B.P. and P.V.

Sri Lanka, 1729
(sold)

A Sri Lankan Rococo coromandel and nedun wood bureau-cabinet

(sold)

A Sri Lankan coromandel and teak wood cupboard with ivory mounts
(sold)

Hugo Vildred Pedersen (1870-1959)
Portrait of the Singalese chief-waiter at the yearly party for the Sultan of Deli in Medan

An impressive, large Indian figure of the Goddess Parvati

Late 18th/early 19th century
(sold)

An extremely rare Sri Lankan or South Indian ivory armrest

17th century

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A rare, possibly 'Swellengrebel', teak VOC chest with brass mounts
(sold)

A Sri Lankan satinwood and cane 'Burgomaster' chair

A small Sri Lankan Amboyna burr, ebony and rosewood occasional table with brass mounts

A Dutch-colonial ebony table with stone top
Probably Coromandel coast, possibly Jakarta (Batavia)
(sold)

A Dutch-colonial ebony chair
Probably Coromandel coast, possibly Jakarta (Batavia)
 

An Indian silver filigree casket
 

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A white marble sculpture of “Ambika”, The Great Goddess

India/Rajasthan, 12th century

A sandstone sculpture of two Celestial Beauties looking into a mirror

Central India, 10th-11th century

Attributed to Cornelis Frederik Stavenisse de Brauw (1801-1864)
Ship on roadstead of Madras, circa 1836

An Indian ebony chair
Coromandel coast, mid 17th century
(sold)

An Indian rosewood sheet-silvered part gilt foot stool for a throne
(sold)

A gilt-silver Sri Lankan document scroll container

A North-Indian repoussed and pierced silver spice container and scent dispenser

A North-Indian Hoshiapur brass-inlaid shisham

wood folding chair

An Indian ivory box with depiction of the myth of the four clever boys and the lion who killed them
(sold)

An Indian silver filigree casket
Early 17th century

(sold)

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An Indo-Portuguese altarpiece (retablo) with Christ on the cross

(sold)

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A Sri Lankan satinwood occasional tripod table

A Sri Lankan ivory comb
Late 16th century
(sold)

A pair of ivory veneered Vizagapatam tea-caddies
(sold)

A large Sri Lankan Sũriya-mãrã or Ceylonese rosewood (Albizia odorotissima) and cane armchair

An unusual jackwood and ebony Sri Lankan chest
(sold)

An Indian ivory and ebony-inlaid teak Vizagapatam document chest

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An extremely rare set of six Sri Lankan coromandel wood dining chairs

An exceptionally beautiful Sri Lankan ebony and coromandel wood torchère

A fine Sri Lankan coromandel wood and cane settee
Second half 18th century
(sold)

A Vizagapatam engraved-ivory-inlaid teak writing chest

with silver mounts
(sold)

An Indian silver bezoar stone holder

Late 17th century
(sold)

A Sri Lankan coromandel wood tripod table
(sold)

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An Indian Palempore chintz for the European market
(sold)

Hubert Vos (1855-1935)
Portrait of a Punjabi in British India, circa 1898

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A rare set of twelve Burmese knives with intricately carved ivory handles
(sold)

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Pascaert van ‘t Eylandt Ceylon, voordesen Taprobana, by de inwoonders genaemt Lankaun, by Joannes van Keulen, met privilegie voor 15 Jaar.

Sea chart of Ceylon, previously called Taprobana and by its inhabitors Lankaun, by Johannes van Keulen with privilege for 15 years.

Published in 1682

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A Sri Lankan coromandel wood cabinet on stand
Second half 18th century
(sold)
 

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French romantic school, 19th century

“Indian Beauties”

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A very fine Sri Lankan ivory and silver bible box
(sold)

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A very fine Sri Lankan ivory and gold bible box
(sold)

A  highly refined Indian partly-gilt silver filigree casket, possibly a reliquary box
(sold)

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An Indian Bombay-presidency blackwood carved table
(sold)

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A Sri Lankan ebony and satinwood-inlaid amboyna-burr document chest with brass mounts

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An extremely rare, possibly unique Sri Lankan ebony child's chair

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