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Red Lacquer Camphor Chinese Chest - 18th Century

Red Lacquer Camphor Chinese Chest - 18th Century

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    Red Lacquer Camphor Chinese Chest - 18th Century

    M690

    $2,715.00

    We've only seen a handful of pieces like this in our 45 years of traveling Asia. Chests of this style are true transnational treasures that transcend borders and are barely documented. These red lacquer chests were made in Canton, China in the 18th century for the Anglo-Indian market and were used on East Indiaman trading ships plying the routes between China, India & Britain. They are the precursors to the more famous red leather camphor chests of the 19th century produced in Canton. 


    The shape of the chest and style is Anglo-Indian, as are the brass handles however, the brass corners are ruyi, the symbol for a ceremonial scepter symbolising power and good fortune in Buddhist & Chinese folklore. The lock plate is a double headed eagle known as Gandaberunda or Berunda, a bird from Hindu mythology particularly prominent in South India.


    Whilst this chest is in good condition, most we find are in very poor condition because of their age with badly damaged paint & missing brass corners.

    On similar examples we've owned, we've found the date of 1710 inside one of the drawers. Whilst this can't be verified, it aligns with the dates that East Indiaman ships were in use.

    It is constructed from incredibly thick planks of camphor wood which is uncommon as planks are usually thin panels. 


    Dimensions:

    125 x 63 x 72 (wxdxh cms)


    References:

    A near identical incorrectly dated example sold at Christie's "Alexandra Tolstoy: An Interior By Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler" for £4,750 in November 2020. 

    See similar chests featured in a gouache from the collection of Benjamin Ginsberg, featured in "Decorative Arts of The China Trade" by C L Crossman - Colour Plate 92. In the same book, Crossman refers to the double headed eagle escutcheons being found only on the rarest of chests. See plate 137. 

     

    Made in China and imported to India

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    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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