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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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An Anglo-Indian stag horn box, 19th century,
Jun 27, 10:00 AM BST
An Anglo-Indian stag horn box, 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
£502 Bids
Pair of Indian carved and inlaid teak side tables (48 x 45cm)
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Pair of Indian carved and inlaid teak side tables (48 x 45cm)
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Est: AUD100- AUD150
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A Vintage Anglo Indian Carved Timber Occasional Table Depicting Floral Motifs
Jun 30, 11:00 AM AEST
A Vintage Anglo Indian Carved Timber Occasional Table Depicting Floral Motifs
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD301 Bid
An Anglo-Indian Cabinet
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
An Anglo-Indian Cabinet
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
An Indian Timber Carved & Painted Wall Panel Depicting Krishna
Jun 30, 11:00 AM AEST
An Indian Timber Carved & Painted Wall Panel Depicting Krishna
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
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Pair Indian Carved Teak Wood Safari Side Tables
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Pair Indian Carved Teak Wood Safari Side Tables
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Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
TEAK TABLE
Jun 24, 7:00 PM CEST
TEAK TABLE
by Derksen Veilingbedrijf
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
Indian Damachiya Dowry Chest, ca. 1900
Jul 14, 12:00 PM EDT
Indian Damachiya Dowry Chest, ca. 1900
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
An Indian carved hardwood box and cover, mid-19th century,
Jun 26, 10:00 AM BST
An Indian carved hardwood box and cover, mid-19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
ANTIQUE 19TH C INDIAN CARVED WOOD ELEPHANT TIKKA BOX
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE 19TH C INDIAN CARVED WOOD ELEPHANT TIKKA BOX
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
FIREPLACE SCREEN/PARAVENT, PROBABLY
Jun 24, 10:00 AM CEST
FIREPLACE SCREEN/PARAVENT, PROBABLY
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
A 19TH CENTURY CARVED HARDWOOD INDIAN ARMCHAIR
Jul 09, 10:00 AM BST
A 19TH CENTURY CARVED HARDWOOD INDIAN ARMCHAIR
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£7500 Bids
Indian Brass Mounted Hardwood Trunk
Jun 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Indian Brass Mounted Hardwood Trunk
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Est: $300- $500
$1750 Bids
Bone Inlay Mosaic Dresser
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Bone Inlay Mosaic Dresser
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Est: $300- $600
$1500 Bids
Anglo-Indian Carved Rosewood and Teak Side Table
Jul 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Anglo-Indian Carved Rosewood and Teak Side Table
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Anglo-Indian Art Deco Exotic Hardwood Dressing Mirror
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Anglo-Indian Art Deco Exotic Hardwood Dressing Mirror
by Locati LLC
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
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An Indian paneled chest, 41 x 25 x 17 1/2 in. (104.1 x 63.5 x 44.5 cm.)
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
An Indian paneled chest, 41 x 25 x 17 1/2 in. (104.1 x 63.5 x 44.5 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $80- $120
$500 Bids
Antique Indian Teak Cabinet, 54'' x 19'' x 7''
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Indian Teak Cabinet, 54'' x 19'' x 7''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
ANGLO-INDIAN TEAK SOFA 32 1/4 x 70 x 26 in. (81.9 x 177.8 x 66 cm.)
Jun 28, 10:00 AM EDT
ANGLO-INDIAN TEAK SOFA 32 1/4 x 70 x 26 in. (81.9 x 177.8 x 66 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $150- $200
$700 Bids
An Indian carved hardwood book cover, 19th century,
Jun 26, 10:00 AM BST
An Indian carved hardwood book cover, 19th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Indian & South Asian Furniture


Material Culture

Material Culture

Cheffins

Cheffins

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers