A dark wood cabinet with Gujarat inlaid doors
Lot 196W Y
A European wood Cabinet with 17th Century Gujarati mother-of-pearl inlaid panels Possibly Flemish, 17th Century and later
Sold for £17,500 (US$ 29,414) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A European wood Cabinet with 17th Century Gujarati mother-of-pearl inlaid panels
Possibly Flemish, 17th Century and later
of dark wood, comprising three sections, the top with ten mother-of-pearl inlaid panels decorated in floral patterns and five round ivory knobs (four missing) on a hinged door with lock, three drawers on each side, an interior chamber formed of parquetry wood floor, mirrors and hidden drawers, the central vertically hinged section with lock set with a large rectangular panel and four small square panels in the corners with similar decoration and flanked by fluted columns terminating in smaller square panels, the bottom section with eight panels and four knobs on four drawers
129 x 60.5 x 37.5 cm.

Footnotes

  • The inlaid panels in this cabinet were made in Gujarat in the 17th century, an area renowned for wooden artefacts decorated with mother-of-pearl motifs set in black lac. The mother-of-pearl inlay of lotus blossoms against a dense leafy background can be compared to a similarly decorated chest in The David Collection, Copenhagen, no. 22/1983, attributed to Gujarat, and to the early 17th century (von Folsach, K.,Islamic Art. The David Collection, Copenhagen, 1990, p.180, no.297).

    It is most likely that the panels were formerly part of a wooden chest or cabinet, made for consumption in the subcontinent or to be exported to Europe where they would have been prized for their beautiful design as well as their luminous and lustrous surfaces. The drawers and central door are possibly Flemish and may be contemporary to the inlaid panels. The cabinet was probably assembled to its current form in the 19th century.
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