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The rectangular Ceylonese top inlaid with a geometric design of lozenges, ellipses and other shapes in various exotic specimen woods above a frieze drawer flanked by scroll carved spandrels on lyre end supports joined by a turned baluster stretcher on downswept legs with foliate cappings and castors.
The natural abundance of Ceylon's timbers gave rise to Europeans exploiting these for the production of pieces of furniture, which incorporated a variety of different indigenous woods as part of their decoration. References to the inlaying of specimen woods appear in 19th century travel accounts. Writing in 1850 H.C. Sirr informed his readers there 'are also manufactured those exquisite inlaid articles, which far surpass any specimen of Tunbridge ware that has yet been produced' (A. Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, V & A, 2001). Accounts about the manufacture of furniture in Ceylon in the early 19th century indicate that Ceylonese makers were proficient in inlaying woods, and would have been able to single handedly produce a piece of this type. The table tops are consistent in terms of decoration and design, with variations largely determined by the shape of the top. Rectangular table tops are typically inlaid with triangular segments of different woods radiating from a central roundel, the wood divided by borders of contrasting woods.
|Height||28.50 inch||(72.39 cm)|
|Width||30.50 inch||(77.47 cm)|
|Depth||20.00 inch||(50.80 cm)|