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A SUITE OF SILVER FURNITURE

A SUITE OF SILVER FURNITURE

Item Description:

comprising a three-seater sofa and a pair of armchairs, each with a wooden frame carved and covered with sheet silver, with shaped rectangular upholstered backrests framed by heavily worked repoussé showing a dense pattern of various flowers and leafy vines, the arms and supporting frame with the same rich pattern, resting on two lion heads leading to claw feet in the front, the back legs with straight lines and the same scrolling flowers which continue on the shaped apron, the backs fully upholstered



Height 41 x Width 70 1/2 x Depth 29 1/8 in. ( 104.1 x 169.3 x 74 cm.)



Silver covered furniture has been popular in India for at least five hundred years. (Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, p. 226) It gained immense popularity in the Rajput courts under the East India Company, and even later under the British. Rather than use silver for the entire piece, which would raise the cost exponentially, the more common approach in India was to overlay a carved wooden frame with a silver sheet and hammer the two together. Photographic evidence from most princely courts show the ruler and members of his court seated on chairs, whether in the traditional low Indian style, or the more conventional European forms, as in the current example. Craftsmen borrowed liberally from European forms, incorporating elements such as the shapes of the frames, as well as the heavy ornamentation patterns, typical of the Rococo Revival style in their designs. These patterns were extremely rich and detailed, ranging from the more generic fruits, foliage and vines, to exotic animals and birds.

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₹ 700,000.00 ( Low est. )

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