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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

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ANGLO-INDIAN TEAK DAYBED
Feb 21, 10:00 AM EST
ANGLO-INDIAN TEAK DAYBED
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$3753 Bids
A pair of bronze oil lamps,
Feb 22, 10:00 AM GMT
A pair of bronze oil lamps,
by Sworders
Est: £200- £300
£1602 Bids
Vintage Wood Carved Indian Head Hanging Shelf
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
Vintage Wood Carved Indian Head Hanging Shelf
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $100,000
$501 Bid
Indian rosewood camel style stool with buttoned leather cushion (40 x 73 x 37cm)
Feb 22, 10:00 AM AEDT
Indian rosewood camel style stool with buttoned leather cushion (40 x 73 x 37cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD101 Bid
(2) Carved Wood Indian Elephant Table Legs
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Carved Wood Indian Elephant Table Legs
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Indian Ahmedabad Inlaid Octagonal Low Table
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Indian Ahmedabad Inlaid Octagonal Low Table
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Indian Circular Carved Elephant Table
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Indian Circular Carved Elephant Table
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Y A CONTEMPORARY INDIAN ROSEWOOD, GILT METAL, DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL DRESSING TABLE SET
Mar 07, 10:30 AM GMT
Y A CONTEMPORARY INDIAN ROSEWOOD, GILT METAL, DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL DRESSING TABLE SET
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £700- £1,000
£6000 Bids
ANGLO-INDIAN CARVED PADOUK SIDE CHAIR
Feb 22, 10:00 AM GMT
ANGLO-INDIAN CARVED PADOUK SIDE CHAIR
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £600- £800
£3000 Bids
ANGLO-INDIAN BRASS BOUND LOW TABLE
Feb 22, 11:15 AM EST
ANGLO-INDIAN BRASS BOUND LOW TABLE
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
INDIAN CARVED PADOUK SIDE TABLE
Feb 22, 10:00 AM GMT
INDIAN CARVED PADOUK SIDE TABLE
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
A 19th century Indian rosewood and brass marquetry rectangular box, hinged cover enclosing a mirror, 31.5cm wide, c.1880
Feb 29, 10:00 AM GMT
A 19th century Indian rosewood and brass marquetry rectangular box, hinged cover enclosing a mirror, 31.5cm wide, c.1880
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £40- £60
£400 Bids
Y AN ANGLO INDIAN CARVED HARDWOOD FOUR TIER ETAGERE OR WHATNOT, 19TH CENTURY
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
Y AN ANGLO INDIAN CARVED HARDWOOD FOUR TIER ETAGERE OR WHATNOT, 19TH CENTURY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
Y AN INDIAN ROSEWOOD TWO TIER ETAGERE OR WHATNOT, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
Y AN INDIAN ROSEWOOD TWO TIER ETAGERE OR WHATNOT, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £400- £600
£1000 Bids
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ANTIQUE INDIAN BUDDHA BRASS SCREEN
Feb 25, 11:00 AM CST
ANTIQUE INDIAN BUDDHA BRASS SCREEN
by Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$2000 Bids
Indian Bone Inlaid Teakwood Four Panel Screen
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Indian Bone Inlaid Teakwood Four Panel Screen
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
INDIAN IRON STRAPPED DOWRY CHEST ON WHEELS.
Feb 23, 10:00 AM EST
INDIAN IRON STRAPPED DOWRY CHEST ON WHEELS.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Indian & South Asian Furniture


Hannam's Auctioneers

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Lyon & Turnbull

Lyon & Turnbull

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