Origin: Anglo-Indian Period: Mid-Nineteenth Century Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1840-60 Height: 36 inches The Base: 18.5 inches Basket Diameter: 16 inches (all at extremities)
The elaborately carved and later ebonised jardinière stand, modelled as a latticed woven fruit basket, with foliation, fruit and flowers to the rim raised on a turned and carved acanthus leaf column, on a four-splayed base to claw feet, survives from the middle of the nineteenth century.
The hardwood (which we believe to be hardwood such as Indian Gumar or Aini, or a combination of the two) has at some stage in the twentieth century been repainted and the paint now shows wear which is appealing and the ornamentation is softly worn, commensurate with its age and use. There are two areas of loss to the veneer to the base which has been stained in to match. Overall she remains sturdy and sound, very decorative but by in no means perfect order.
This piece displays a level of craftsmanship and skill that is of a high level, the whole carved profusely. We have seen one other fairly similar example, which dates a little earlier, carved in rosewood and it leads us to believe this piece is possibly from the Galle district.
A real statement piece; team with a striking architectural plant or throw in a liner and some ice and champagne, to create a knockout effect.