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Unique Dutch Colonial Ebony Carved Indonesian Document Chest, 17th Century

$35,822.20

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A possibly unique Indonesia deep-relief carved ebony document chest Jakarta (Batavia), 17th century Overall carved with scrolling flower-motif, with original brass mounts and key. Measures: L 60 x W 40 x H 20 cm Provenance: Private collection, Belgium Note: The high-relief carving seen in this ebony writing box is characteristic of the decoration found in ebony cabinets, chairs, settees, beds and boxes produced for the Dutch at the end of the 17th century on the Coromandel Coast, Sri Lanka, and in Batavia. This type of carved ebony furniture was known as “custwerk” (made on the Coromandel Coast). The carvers initially were Tamil craftsmen from South India, the Coromandel Coast, but as a result of many local wars and famines on the Coromandel Coast between 1630 and 1680, large numbers of Tamil craftsmen came, enslaved, to Batavia (or Sri Lanka) where this box was probably made.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.88 in. (20 cm)Width: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Depth: 15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Late 17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    1650-1700
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Made of several ebony plaques (as the trees don't grow this wide), with some distress to the connections. Several brass studs replaced a long time ago.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5458220859352

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    Ships From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

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

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