Dutch Colonial Teakwood Brass Bound ChestMid 19th century
A beautiful Dutch colonial storage chest of solid plank construction in teakwood. It incorporates both Mughal and Dutch influences. The chest is strengthened and simultaneously ornamented by open work brass mounts on the sides, corners and bottom. The sides have cast bail lift handles against a solid brass back plate, the front with an elaborately pierced brass escutcheon in a design similar to the brass mounts. The original lock and hinges are attached by means of bolts with studs on the outside, a typical feature of the characteristic decoration of the colonial chest. Inside, a lift-out tray with four arched compartments is surrounded by eight compartments with a brass pull. Two beautiful brass hinges secure the lid to the back.
People owned a number of chests. The many moves from post to post undertaken by the trading companies officials in the course of their careers made the chest an indispensable item of furniture in every household. They were mainly used for storage, but due to their striking appearance also served as a display of wealth by the owner.
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Dutch colonial India
H: 50 cm W: 99 cm D: 50 cm
H: 19½ “ W: 39“ D: 19½ “