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Lot 158: A similar pair of Ceylonese solid ebony armchairs, Galle District, circa 1840

Fine Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Glass

by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

November 30, 2016

Newbury, United Kingdom

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  • A similar pair of Ceylonese solid ebony armchairs, Galle District, circa 1840
  • A similar pair of Ceylonese solid ebony armchairs, Galle District, circa 1840
  • A similar pair of Ceylonese solid ebony armchairs, Galle District, circa 1840
  • A similar pair of Ceylonese solid ebony armchairs, Galle District, circa 1840
  • A similar pair of Ceylonese solid ebony armchairs, Galle District, circa 1840
  • A similar pair of Ceylonese solid ebony armchairs, Galle District, circa 1840
  • A similar pair of Ceylonese solid ebony armchairs, Galle District, circa 1840
   
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Description: A similar pair of Ceylonese solid ebony armchairs, Galle District, circa 1840, carved with foliate detail throughout, each shaped rectangular back surmounted by a central stylised shell motif flanked by meandering floral branches, each caned back and seat flanked by shaped and moulded arms, the carved and reeded supports above carved foliate terminals, the conforming frieze above turned tapering lappet carved legs, on ceramic castors, each approximately 102cm high, 60cm wide, 85cm deep Provenance: Property from a private collection, London This form of armchair, designed with shorter back legs and inclined seat, was first made on the island of Ceylon. Possible inspiration for this armchairs's design were chairs with these characteristics featuring in Thomas King's 'Modern Style of Cabinet Work Exemplified', a pattern book published in 1829 that provided designs for stock products from Galle furniture workshops. H. C. Sirr in his account of Ceylon published in 1850, noted how in Colombo there was available 'the most exquisitely carved ebony furniture conceivable' (A. Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, p. 378). Please note: The estimate for this lot should read £3,000-4,000

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