6. A Carved Blackwood Plant Stand

India | c. 1880

Circa 1880

Height 36 ” ( 92 cm )
18.5 ” ( 46cm ) Square

The plant stand of blackwood, ( Dalbergia latifolia ), intricately carved to every visible surface, the circular plant holder with an over-turned edge carved with leaves above a similarly carved ring below, the central support formed from four carved inter-locking serpent dragons, on a four sided carved base, the four feet carved as mythical beasts looking inwards towards four rearing cobra.

Examples of blackwood furniture were shown at the Great Exhibition in 1851, and at following major international exhibitions, including the Paris 1855 Universal Exhibition.

A near identical example is illustrated in ‘Liberty’s Art Furniture ‘ of 1884, and described as an ‘ Elaborate and very richly-carved Flower Stand, Black Wood, (Sissoo Dalbergia Latifolia), 15 Guineas.’

See P.332 of Amin Jaffer’s ‘Furniture from British India and Ceylon’.

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