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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Madras (Made)

  • Date:

    1850-1860 (Made)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr Frederick Ross Thomson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chair, the related five side chairs and the accompanying table testify to the success with which 19th-century Indian carvers applied their skills to western furniture forms. The carving was considered so fine that when in 1921 it was first inspected by Caspar Stanley Clarke, Keeper of the Indian Section of the Museum, he likened it to the work of the renowned 17th-century carver Grinling Gibbons.

Physical description

Chair of ebony, with later ebonised components, carved and pierced, with later crimson velven upholstery.

Place of Origin

Madras (Made)


1850-1860 (Made)


Height: 93 cm, Width: 48 cm, Depth: 47 cm

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London (V&A), 2001, p. 146.






South & South East Asia Collection

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