Ebony Specimen Table
Galle District, Sri Lanka
height: 77cm, width: 55cm
This pleasing table of elegant proportions was produced in south-western Sri Lanka, most probably in or around Galle, in the first third of the nineteenth century. The table almost certainly is based on a design by Thomas King, and English furniture pattern designer who published his The Modern Style of Cabinet Work Exemplified in 1829.
The hexagonal top is inlaid with a rosace in marquetry of exotic local woods, surrounded by a carved foliate ebony border. The leg and base, also of ebony, are elaborately carved with Neo-Classical flourishes.
The base sits on four splayed foliate legs. One drawer is contained beneath the top.
Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, Timeless Books, 2001.
UK art market
Inventory no.: 1739