small writing desk having a circular floral pattern adorning the major surfaces (top, sides and front of door) with handles on either sides, hinges, top guard rail and front heart shaped lock plate of silver; ebony stand for cabinet said to be made in Portugese colony of Goa, India

Writing desk on stand, c. 1725-1750

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This desk’s Indian makers used British pattern books as a guide. These forms suited their elite British market, including colonial officials. It incorporates local materials that were plentiful to Indian craftsmen in the 18th-century, but today they are scarce. The ebony for the stand and the rosewood of the desk were once abundant in southern India, as was elephant ivory, in widespread use for architectural woodwork decoration in southern India. All three materials are now either endangered or threatened.

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Indian writing desk on a stand (#771)
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Title
Writing desk on stand
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Artist
Accession Number
95.57a-k
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small writing desk having a circular floral pattern adorning the major surfaces (top, sides and front of door) with handles on either sides, hinges, top guard rail and front heart shaped lock plate of silver; ebony stand for cabinet said to be made in Portugese colony of Goa, India