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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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A man's crimson velvet angarkha robe, Indian, late 19th century
Oct 25, 10:30 AM BST
A man's crimson velvet angarkha robe, Indian, late 19th century
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£1,2001 Bid
An Anglo Indian carved hardwood easel
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
An Anglo Indian carved hardwood easel
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £200- £400
£1600 Bids
An embroidered Mukke textile panel, Thar desert, India, late 19th/early 20t
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
An embroidered Mukke textile panel, Thar desert, India, late 19th/early 20t
by Roseberys
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£7000 Bids
Intarsierter Schachtisch mit Figuren, Indien/Bali 20. Jh.
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Intarsierter Schachtisch mit Figuren, Indien/Bali 20. Jh.
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €300- €350
€800 Bids
Indian Stone Temple Facade Fragment, 10th-12th C
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Indian Stone Temple Facade Fragment, 10th-12th C
by Showplace
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$5000 Bids
An Anglo-Indian carved rosewood davenport, Bombay, India, late 19th centur
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
An Anglo-Indian carved rosewood davenport, Bombay, India, late 19th centur
by Roseberys
Est: £600- £800
£4200 Bids
An Anglo-Indian carved wood Bombay school chair, Bombay, India, late 19th c
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
An Anglo-Indian carved wood Bombay school chair, Bombay, India, late 19th c
by Roseberys
Est: £300- £500
£2000 Bids
19th Century Ivorine Miniature In Indian Wooden Frames Depicting Medina
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
19th Century Ivorine Miniature In Indian Wooden Frames Depicting Medina
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
19th Century Ivorine Miniature In Indian Wooden Frames Depicting The Kaaba
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
19th Century Ivorine Miniature In Indian Wooden Frames Depicting The Kaaba
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
TWO INDIAN PANELS DEPICTING THE KABAA AND MEDINA 19TH CENTURY
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
TWO INDIAN PANELS DEPICTING THE KABAA AND MEDINA 19TH CENTURY
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £500- £700
£5000 Bids
AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY ANGLO INDIAN HARDWOOD WORKBOX
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY ANGLO INDIAN HARDWOOD WORKBOX
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
A 19TH CENTURY ANGLO-INDIAN HARDWOOD THREE-SEATER SETTEE
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
A 19TH CENTURY ANGLO-INDIAN HARDWOOD THREE-SEATER SETTEE
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £800- £1,200
£4000 Bids
Anglo Indian Carved Brass Inlaid Hardwood Chest
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Anglo Indian Carved Brass Inlaid Hardwood Chest
by Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
South Indian Painted Wood Ganesha Fragment
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
South Indian Painted Wood Ganesha Fragment
by Stair
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Grand coffre
Oct 27, 6:30 PM CEST
Grand coffre
by Hotel des vente Legros
Est: €800- €1,000
€8000 Bids
AN ANGLO-INDIAN CARVED WOOD SAVONAROLA FOLDING CHAIR Southern India or Sri Lanka, late 19th century
Oct 29, 1:00 PM BST
AN ANGLO-INDIAN CARVED WOOD SAVONAROLA FOLDING CHAIR Southern India or Sri Lanka, late 19th century
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£1000 Bids
Indian lacquered coffer
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
Indian lacquered coffer
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €300- €400
€2000 Bids
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A Damascus mother of pearl-inlaid sofa Syria, dated AH 1317/ AD 1899-1900
Oct 25, 11:00 AM BST
A Damascus mother of pearl-inlaid sofa Syria, dated AH 1317/ AD 1899-1900
by Bonhams
Est: £2,500- £3,500
£2,5000 Bids
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A Damascus mother of pearl-inlaid arm chair Syria, circa 1900
Oct 25, 11:00 AM BST
A Damascus mother of pearl-inlaid arm chair Syria, circa 1900
by Bonhams
Est: £1,200- £1,500
£1,2000 Bids
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4 Pc Vintage Rosewood Bedroom Set
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
4 Pc Vintage Rosewood Bedroom Set
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $300- $600
$1500 Bids
An Indian Inlaid Box
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
An Indian Inlaid Box
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
Anglo-Indian Perfumer
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
Anglo-Indian Perfumer
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€1,0000 Bids

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