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Large Dutch Colonial Amboyna and Ebony Indonesian Writing Desk, 18th Century

$3,603.91

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A large Indonesian amboyna and ebony portable writing desk with brass mounts Indonesia, 18th century With several compartments between the sloping lid, with openwork brass mounts and handles to the sides, with key. Measures: H. 24 x W. 73 x D. 56 cm Note: Senior VOC officials at the many stations faraway from Batavia were obliged to send regular written communications about trade and local political developments to the High Government in Batavia. In such reports everything was touched upon, such as customs of the indigenous people, their housing, food, clothing, religion, their temperament (cruel, friendly, faithful or false) and their agriculture, animal husbandry, mining and industries could not be omitted. Above all, everything had to be copied three or four times, which clearly made portable writing desks and document boxes indispensable items of furniture for VOC officials in faraway trade posts (Jan Veenendaal, Furniture from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India during the Dutch period, p. 85, Delft 1985).

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.45 in. (24 cm)Width: 28.75 in. (73 cm)Depth: 22.05 in. (56 cm)Seat Height: 17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Style
    Dutch Colonial (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1750
  • Condition
    Replacements made: Some internal parts of the sadeli work have been replaced by imitation. Enquire for more photos. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5458220948102

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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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