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Indian & South Asian Furniture

Examples of exquisite furniture abound in India and South Asia, reflecting a rich legacy of woodworking that is valued throughout the region. From elaborately carved facades of temples to residential cabinets, tables, and screens, a high level of adornment and craftsmanship is evident in this region’s furniture. Indian furniture pieces are often embellished with traditional motifs using colorful opaque pigments to produce a stunning effect.

Wood varietals are of particular interest in Indian and South Asian furniture. Rosewood, native to the Himalayan foothills, has long been one of the most desirable timbers in Indian and South Asian furniture. Its innate beauty, durability, and availability in the region have made it highly prized and popular among woodworking artisans for centuries.

In addition to rosewood, the majority of new furniture in India is constructed from the timber of acacia and mango trees. The wood of Indian and South Asian furniture is typically so fine and stable in harsh environments that recovered antique woods are often reconstituted to fashion new pieces.


Quick Facts

  • The zenith of craftsmanship and aesthetic achievement in Indian furniture is often considered to be during the Vijayanagar Empire in Southern India (circa 1336 A.D.)
  • The Portuguese, who founded their own state within the borders of India, preferred European styles of furniture. They commissioned local artisans to recreate European furniture from imported models
  • Due to increasing economic development and a rising middle class, India’s furniture industry has grown exponentially in recent years

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Mughal ivory-inlaid wooden chest. Northwest-India/Pakistan, Gujarat or Sindh. 17th century
Dec 09, 11:00 AM CET
A Mughal ivory-inlaid wooden chest. Northwest-India/Pakistan, Gujarat or Sindh. 17th century
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €4,000- €5,000
€3,0001 Bid
A decorative white-metal mounted cross-frame stool, probably Indian, 20th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
A decorative white-metal mounted cross-frame stool, probably Indian, 20th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £150- £250
£1200 Bids
An Indian Kashmiri decorated wood standard lamp, early 20th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
An Indian Kashmiri decorated wood standard lamp, early 20th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids
A PORTABLE FOUR-DRAWER CHEST
Dec 07, 9:30 AM CET
A PORTABLE FOUR-DRAWER CHEST
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
A set of four mother-of-pearl and coloured glass charpai table legs,
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
A set of four mother-of-pearl and coloured glass charpai table legs,
by Sworders
Est: £1,200- £1,800
£9500 Bids
19TH-CENTURY INDIAN HARDWOOD TRIPTYCH ALTAR PIECE
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
19TH-CENTURY INDIAN HARDWOOD TRIPTYCH ALTAR PIECE
by Sheppards
Est: €800- €1,200
€4800 Bids
A large hardwood door lintel. Southwestern India, northern Kerala. 18th century
Dec 09, 11:00 AM CET
A large hardwood door lintel. Southwestern India, northern Kerala. 18th century
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,2000 Bids
A STAR-SHAPED METAL EMBELLISHED WOOD TABLE
Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
A STAR-SHAPED METAL EMBELLISHED WOOD TABLE
by Nagel Auction
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0000 Bids
India Carved Wood Settee C. 1900, H 51'' W 58'' Depth 21''
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
India Carved Wood Settee C. 1900, H 51'' W 58'' Depth 21''
by DuMouchelles
Est: $500- $800
$3750 Bids
A LARGE OPENWORK FLORAL AND LOZENGE WOODEN DOOR MOUNTED AS A TABLE
Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
A LARGE OPENWORK FLORAL AND LOZENGE WOODEN DOOR MOUNTED AS A TABLE
by Nagel Auction
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0000 Bids
(4) CARVED HARDWOOD PARLOR SET, INDIA
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
(4) CARVED HARDWOOD PARLOR SET, INDIA
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Middle Eastern Anglo Indian Wood Bronze Tray Table
Dec 17, 1:00 PM EST
Middle Eastern Anglo Indian Wood Bronze Tray Table
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$400 Bids
'antique' Indian Ayurveda "droni" massage table in…
Dec 17, 11:00 AM CET
'antique' Indian Ayurveda "droni" massage table in…
by DVC
Est: €500- €700
€5000 Bids
Paire de miroirs de mariage
Dec 13, 2:30 PM CET
Paire de miroirs de mariage
by Millon & Associes
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€2,0000 Bids
A 19th century Anglo Indian carved rosewood and ivory carved box. H 7 cm, W 28cm
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
A 19th century Anglo Indian carved rosewood and ivory carved box. H 7 cm, W 28cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD800 Bids
A Vintage Indian Carved Timber Folder Table with Lattice Detail
Dec 08, 2:00 PM AEDT
A Vintage Indian Carved Timber Folder Table with Lattice Detail
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD400 Bids
Indian Carved Hardwood Four-Panel Screen
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Indian Carved Hardwood Four-Panel Screen
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
BRITISH INDIAN GUERIDON. 19TH CENTURY.
Dec 05, 2:00 PM CET
BRITISH INDIAN GUERIDON. 19TH CENTURY.
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €400- €500
€2400 Bids
A Vintage Sinhalese Carved Timber Folder Table with Elephant & Foliage Detail
Dec 08, 2:00 PM AEDT
A Vintage Sinhalese Carved Timber Folder Table with Elephant & Foliage Detail
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD400 Bids
Rare Badiyé du Deccan
Dec 13, 2:30 PM CET
Rare Badiyé du Deccan
by Millon & Associes
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0000 Bids
Indian Teakwood Reticulated Four Panel Screen
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Indian Teakwood Reticulated Four Panel Screen
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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ANGLO INDIAN ROSEWOOD AND IRON BUTCHER TABLE
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
ANGLO INDIAN ROSEWOOD AND IRON BUTCHER TABLE
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Indian & South Asian Furniture


Kunsthaus Lempertz KG

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Nagel Auction

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Venduehuis der Notarissen

Auctions at Showplace

Auctions at Showplace