Set of Six British Colonial Dining Chairs, c. 1830
Set of six British colonial dining chairs, comprising two armchairs and four sides, each with a tablet crest over the rosette and spindle back; the caned seat framed by reeded rails and raised on turned and reeded legs.
The distinctive 'loop arm', where the arm loops under the crest rail, is unique to furniture from British India and the East Indies. Ivory chairs of this design were made in Murshidabad in West Bengal. Hardwood examples such as this were popular and can be seen in 19th century Indian portraits and interior views. See Amin Jaffer, "Furniture from British India and Ceylon", (New Delhi: Timeless Books, 2001), 259-261.
India c. 1830
24" wide x 22" deep x 33½" high
These chairs are good and sturdy. They were refinished and restored sometime in the 20th c. They had minute traces of white paint and were probably originally painted white to resemble ivory.
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