Qualities is a part of our efforts to HIGHLIGHT THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT WERE SOLD DURING IGAVEL’S ASIAN, ANCIENT AND ETHNOGRAPHIC WORKS OF ART AUCTION.
Indian and Sri Lankan Ivory
Ivory was one of the favourite material of artisans in central Asia and India. Small ivory inlaid wooden articles and furniture were popular in Mughal India. At an earlier date ivory objects carved in India were traded throughout the Roman and Byzantine empires. In the eastern Indian city of Orissa from the 16th to the 19th centuries skilled carvers produced ivory decorative objects as well as large scale furniture. Other ivory centres in India, such as Vishakhapatnam, specialised in ivory inlaid or ivory veneered furniture made for the western market. Much of this furniture is decorated with foliate patterns with blackened details. The finest examples are well designed as furniture and as decorative objects incorporating incised designs.
The above excerpt was taken from “Asian Art” (2002) by Lark E. Mason
MUGHAL CARVED IVORY AND TORTOISESHELL VENEERED CABINET, 17TH CENTURY
Sold during iGavel’s Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art Auction on May 1st, 2013 for $75,000 with Buyer’s Premium over 44 bids