Large 19th century Sinhalese table
A mid 19th century Sinhalese specimen wood centre table of large scale and outstanding quality. From the Galle District of Sri Lanka.
This fine tilt-top table is beautifully inlaid with indigenous woods and ivory.
The stellar inlaid ivory disc to the centre is inscribed with an elephant. From this central medallion are large swirling radiating petals of specimen woods within feather bands including calamander, Ceylon teak, tamarind, ironwood, pol coconut, palm, rosewood, and ebony.
Much of this furniture design derived from English pattern books but the carved and inlaid work was of local origin.
The whole is raised on the original carved rosewood base with three splay legs with concealed castors.
- Furniture, British – Post 1830