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Indo-Portuguese Cabinet on Stand (Contador)

Probably Goa, ca. 1650/70

Cedar inlaid with ebony and ivory, with gilt brass mounts.

133.5 cm x 86 x 44.5 cm

 

This unusual cabinet displays the blend of East and West seen in Colonial furniture and is typical of the work from the former Portuguese colony of Goa. The pattern of stars and intersecting circles that covers the surfaces which is also found on articles commissioned by the Portuguese in other parts of Asia is closely comparable to a similar cabinet in the Victoria and Albert Museum (A. Jaffer, pp. 58-59). This pattern can also be found on a small cabinet in Lisbon (J. Flores, N. Vassallo e Silva, p.111).

The Western inspiration behind this piece of furniture with its rectangular top with twelve small drawers is clearly a straightforward seventeenth-century cabinet on stand. However, the design of this piece departs from European examples in its inclusion of the lower register of four drawers, which give the piece its typical Colonial appearance.

The most distinctive feature of this cabinet and others of the group is the sculptural treatment of the legs. They typically assume the form with a woman with a lower body scaled like a sea serpent. Scholars have identified these with nagas and naginis – Hindu snake divinities that are considered auspicious and area believed to provide protection from dangers, including snake bites.

 

Literature:

  • Amin Jaffer, Luxury Goods from India, 2002, pp. 58-59
  • Jorge Flores and Nuno Vassallo e Silva, Goa and the Great Mughal, 2004, p. 111
  • Fernanda Castro Freire, Mobilario, vol. II, pp. 77-85

Kunsthandel Peter Mühlbauer
Schloss Schoenburg | 94060 Pocking, Bavaria - Germany
Phone +49 (0)8531 - 18 15 | Fax +49 (0)8531 - 133 00
petermuehlbauer@t-online.de | www.kunsthandel-muehlbauer.com

Indo-Portuguese Cabinet on Stand (Contador)

Probably Goa, ca. 1650/70

Cedar inlaid with ebony and ivory, with gilt brass mounts.

133.5 cm x 86 x 44.5 cm

 

This unusual cabinet displays the blend of East and West seen in Colonial furniture and is typical of the work from the former Portuguese colony of Goa. The pattern of stars and intersecting circles that covers the surfaces which is also found on articles commissioned by the Portuguese in other parts of Asia is closely comparable to a similar cabinet in the Victoria and Albert Museum (A. Jaffer, pp. 58-59). This pattern can also be found on a small cabinet in Lisbon (J. Flores, N. Vassallo e Silva, p.111).

The Western inspiration behind this piece of furniture with its rectangular top with twelve small drawers is clearly a straightforward seventeenth-century cabinet on stand. However, the design of this piece departs from European examples in its inclusion of the lower register of four drawers, which give the piece its typical Colonial appearance.

The most distinctive feature of this cabinet and others of the group is the sculptural treatment of the legs. They typically assume the form with a woman with a lower body scaled like a sea serpent. Scholars have identified these with nagas and naginis – Hindu snake divinities that are considered auspicious and area believed to provide protection from dangers, including snake bites.

 

Literature:

  • Amin Jaffer, Luxury Goods from India, 2002, pp. 58-59
  • Jorge Flores and Nuno Vassallo e Silva, Goa and the Great Mughal, 2004, p. 111
  • Fernanda Castro Freire, Mobilario, vol. II, pp. 77-85

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