Indo-Portuguese Rosewood Malabar Chest -SOLDEarly 19th century
A beautiful Portuguese colonial, so called “Malabar chest” in rosewood. The piece is both decorated and strengthened by pierced brass strips and flattened cusps fixed at intervals round all the sides. The front with a very nice brass escutcheon and on the sides brass carrying handles. The front also features a carving of curvaceous leafy tendrils springing from a central vase, terminating in circular pendulous fruits. It is suggested that these are to be breadfruit, a tree indigenous to the Malabar area. The back and sides feature a Portuguese inspired geometric carving. The chest stands on bracket feet.
The chest is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing. The rosewood has a dark shade with a striking grain
Portuguese colonial India
H: 63 cm W: 117 cm D: 56 cm
H: 24" W: 43” D: 21”