λ A MUGHAL INDIAN EBONY AND IVORY CABINET GUJARAT OR SINDH
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λ A MUGHAL INDIAN EBONY AND IVORY CABINET
GUJARAT OR SINDH, LATE 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY AND LATER
inlaid with scrolling leaf and flower borders and with repeating patterns of flowers on a rosewood ground, with a pair of hinged doors revealing a divided interior with a pair of mahogany drawers, the sides inlaid, on a later, probably 18th century English, ebonised stand, the cabinet later adapted and lacking its original interior
the cabinet: 51.5cm high, 97.5cm wide, 45.3cm deep, overall: 130.7cm high, 98.8cm wide, 46.3cm deep
This present lot with its beautiful inlay of flowers reflects the high Mughal style of setting rows of flowering plants in alternating patterns on a plain ground. This enchanting device is characteristic of the reign of Shah Jahan and can be found decorating buildings erected by the Emperor.
For a very similar example see the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Asia, Room 41, case 16, which is on loan from Dr. and Mrs A. Poteliakhoff.