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    Framed Chromolithograph Advertising Label Of The Mahabharata - Ca 1920

    SKU:A00935

    £195

    This gilt framed pictorial label printed on paper was used to seal bales of cloth destined for sale in India. Originally printed in Britain and shipped to India, these labels were advertisements made for the Indian taste. Dates to the early 20th century - likely 1920's.

     

    This label depicts a scene from the Mahābhārata. In the upper section a king is seated with his advisers. In the lower section, Draupadi prays to Krishna for protection as she is gambled away to the Pandava brothers by her husband, the king of Hastinapura. This was one of several factors which caused the Mahabharata war. 

     

    The bale label was printed for F Steiner & Co (founded 1832) in Manchester, the largest turkey-red dyer outside Glasgow. 

     

    Labels like this are unusual to find as they were mostly destroyed during the unpacking of textiles. We sourced these labels in Shekhawati in Rajasthan, whose residents became immensely wealthy trading with the west in Bombay & Calcutta. Much of the wealth was shipped back to Shekhawati where they built impressive havelis. Framed in old gilt frames, they are colourful and decorative reminders of the days of the British Raj in India.

     

    This particular label can be found in the British Museum collection. # 2008,3020.37

     

    Dimensions:

    17.5 x 1 x 23 (wxdxh cms)

    From India

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £7.50
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    This gilt framed pictorial label printed on paper was used to seal bales of cloth destined for sale in India. Originally printed in Britain and shipped to India, these labels were advertisements made for the Indian taste. Dates to the early 20th century - likely 1920's.

     

    This label depicts a scene from the Mahābhārata. In the upper section a king is seated with his advisers. In the lower section, Draupadi prays to Krishna for protection as she is gambled away to the Pandava brothers by her husband, the king of Hastinapura. This was one of several factors which caused the Mahabharata war. 

     

    The bale label was printed for F Steiner & Co (founded 1832) in Manchester, the largest turkey-red dyer outside Glasgow. 

     

    Labels like this are unusual to find as they were mostly destroyed during the unpacking of textiles. We sourced these labels in Shekhawati in Rajasthan, whose residents became immensely wealthy trading with the west in Bombay & Calcutta. Much of the wealth was shipped back to Shekhawati where they built impressive havelis. Framed in old gilt frames, they are colourful and decorative reminders of the days of the British Raj in India.

     

    This particular label can be found in the British Museum collection. # 2008,3020.37

     

    Dimensions:

    17.5 x 1 x 23 (wxdxh cms)

    From India

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £7.50
    More delivery options available at checkout


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    • - Non-furniture Delivery: 2-5 working days

    • - Furniture Delivery: Within 1 - 2 weeks

      (We'll call you to arrange a specific delivery date)

    • Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £100 | Use code "DELIVERY" at checkout

    RETURNS

    • - Hassle Free Returns

    • - Return your order within 28 days for a full refund (excluding delivery charges)

    • - Items must be returned in a resalable condition

    • - Collections can be arranged on request

    • Product Specific delivery charges visible above "Add to Basket" button and in Checkout (scroll up)

    • Additional charges may apply for deliveries to highlands, islands, out of area deliveries and collections. 

    • International Delivery: Please contact us for quotes on individual pieces

    Trade & Wholesale

    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


  • Retail Stores
  • Interior Designers
  • Film & Photo Studios
  • Architects
  • Event Producers

  • For all trade and wholesale enquiries please email us with your contact and business name, company registration number & VAT number (if applicable) to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Prop Hire

    Looking for that one off iconic piece for an event or requiring props for a filming or a photography shoot? You will have seen our oriental antique furniture & decorative art in the James Bond films, The Golden Compass and many others.


    For all prop hire enquiries please send emails to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

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