Rosewood Arab ChestMid-Late 19th century
A rare and well preserved antique Arab chest of solid plank construction in rosewood, beautifully decorated with brass. The term “Arab chest” more correctly denotes ownership rather than provenance. In reality, early chests were trade items collected by Arabs from the ports on areas on the west coast of India. They were mainly used for storage on ships during transport or in houses to store valuables. Arab chests are of boarded construction with front, back and sides butted together and nailed. No screws or glue are used.
This is a so called “Bombay” chest which can be identified by the shape of the hinges, hasps and handles, type of studs, design of mounts and the quality of the applied sheeting.
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 Indian rosewood that this piece has been made off has a naturally occurring dark shade with a striking grain.
Found in Bombay
H: 49 cm W: 110 cm D: 51 cm
H: 19” W: 43” D: 20”