Indian pedestal sideboard
Lot 403W
A Bombay Presidency wood Sideboard Western India, circa 1830-50
£3,000 - 4,000
US$ 5,000 - 6,700
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Bombay Presidency wood Sideboard
Western India, circa 1830-50
blackwood, carved and pierced, the openwork back-splash with a meandering leafy vine with thistles centred on a fruit and below a mirrored panel, the top with an egg-and-dart moulding on edges, the case with a row of three horizontally positioned drawers, the drawer fronts and sides of the case carved with scrolling leafy vines with thistles within an intertwining border, on two rectangular pedestals, each with a hinged door enclosing a shelf, the panel in the form of a column, the capital carved with a stylised egg-and-dart border, the shaft with foliage in the manner of the drawer fronts, and the base with a gadrooned moulding; the outer sides of the pedestal carved with a large sunburst motif with a floral spray in each corner, the sides of the base and pedestals with applied egg-and-dart mouldings, each pedestal on four turned feet
182 x 63 x 158 cm.


  • Provenance: Formerly in the collection of the late Sir R.D. Sethna, (1854 - 1933) of Esplanade House, Bombay, adviser and lawyer of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda (reg. 1875 - 1939); acquired by the present owner's father circa 1970.

    Comparison can be drawn with an unattributed piece in the Peabody Essex Museum, which suggests a Southern Indian origin (Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, pp. 389-90, no. 196). The footnote to this entry explains the design of the piece: that it is based on a standard early 19th Century English form; and that from the 1830s onwards stylised sunbursts were used in the decoration of both Western-style Indian furniture and indigenous architecture, particularly in the Bombay Presidency. Based on this and the similarities to other lots in this collection, Bombay Presidency seems the most likely attribution.