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Sliding book stand

Sliding book stand

  • Place of origin:

    Vishakhapatnam (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sandalwood, partly overlaid with ivory fretwork, engraved and highlighted with lac, secured with ivory rivets; silvered brass hinges

  • Museum number:

    02290(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This sliding book stand was made at Vizagapatam, a port on the east coast of India where from the early 18th century craftsmen had been making furniture and fancy wares for western consumers. Early Vizagapatam products are made of ivory and expensive hardwoods. In order to appeal to a wider market, in the 19th century craftsmen began producing less costly articles that required less ivory and were less time-consuming. This bookstand is a typical product of that period.

Place of Origin

Vishakhapatnam (made)

Date

ca. 1867 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Sandalwood, partly overlaid with ivory fretwork, engraved and highlighted with lac, secured with ivory rivets; silvered brass hinges

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm, Width: 52.5 cm, Depth: 13 cm

Descriptive line

Furniture, satinwood ivory, Vishnakhapatnam

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

Jaffer, Amin Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. London : V&A Publications, 2001. 416 p., ill. ISBN 1851773185.

Materials

Sandalwood; Ivory; Brass; Lac

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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