Carved Indian Ebony and Bone Inlaid Armchair


Carved Indian Ebony and Bone Inlaid Armchair

Coromandel Coast, India: c. 1680-1700. Provenance: The Orlebar family, initially at Finedon Hall and subsequently at Hinwick House, Bedfordshire.

The shaped crest with a pair of winged mermaids and birds flanking an bone-inlaid medallion containing a spread eagle, the back with a series of vertical bars headed by paired bird capitals and inlaid with engraved bone trailing foliage above, conforming carving and between foliate-carved uprights headed by carved birds, the open arms issuing from the mouths of mythic beasts and terminating in leaf-carved scrolls above supports carved with European figures, the caned drop-in seat within a conforming rails above an arcade of spiral-turned columns, on spiral-turned legs inlaid with bone stringing and joined by conforming stretchers, on monkey-carved toes.

A nearly identical armchair is preserved in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, (illustrated in Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, 2001, p. 134, fig. 62)


26” W

31” D

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