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Indo-Dutch Cuban Mahogany Brass Bound Chest – SOLD

Early 19th century

An absolutely stunning and unique Dutch colonial very big storage chest, on all six sides made of single planks of rare Cuban mahogany. It incorporates both Mughal and Dutch influences. The overlapping top with an ebony border. The chest is strengthened and simultaneously ornamented by beautiful open work brass mounts on the sides, front, back, corners and bottom. The sides have cast bail lift handles against a pierced brass back plate, the front with an elaborately pierced brass escutcheon, all in a design similar to the brass mounts.

The original lock and hinges are attached by means of bolts with copper studs on the outside, a typical feature of the characteristic decoration of the colonial chest. Inside, just one large storage space; two beautiful brass hinges secure the lid to the back.

This chest was made during the colonial era in India. 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.

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 mahogany has a rich warm shade with a striking grain.



South India
Dutch colonial India
H: 77 cm W: 181 cm D: 76 cm
H: 30 ½“ W: 71 “ D: 30 “


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