Pair of Sri Lankan East-Indian walnut, or mãrã, high-back side chairs
Dutch colonial, mid 18th century
H. 107 x W. 57 x D. 49 cm
H 46 cm (seat)
A watercolour by Carl Frederik Reimer (circa 1740-1796) of the reception of the envoys of the king of Kandy by Governor Imam Willem Falck in the Great Reception Hall of the Governor's Palace in Colombo in 1772 (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, RP-T-1904-18), shows a long row of this type of chair. Similar chairs can also still be found in the Wolvendaal Church in Colombo today.