20C Indian Teak and Brass Inlaid Magazine Rack

20C Indian Teak and Brass Inlaid Magazine Rack.



20C Indian Teak and Brass Inlaid Magazine Rack

Lovely late 20th Century Indian carved teak Magazine Rack with brass inlay.

The top is flat and is heavily carved in floral motifs with a central medallion inlaid with brass in a floral motif.

The top is then inlaid with brass stringing on the inside of the edges.

The four corners of the top have likewise been inlaid with brass.

The base section consists of a double columned tray for placing your newspapers or magazines.

Very practical and decorative item !!

20C Indian Teak and Brass Inlaid Magazine Rack.

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In the early 20th Century Indian craftsmen started the manufacture of more practical modern day items such as magazine racks, trinket boxes, side tables and chests of drawers using teak wood and profusely inlaying them with brass, a natural resource that is in plentiful supply in India. They drew upon the influences of previous Indian craftsmen who made the glorious Anglo-Indian type boxes that you can see on our website. Many of the pieces they made were in a 'campaign' style............again drawing on earlier influences of making campaign furniture for their British Military Masters.
They still make these pieces to this day !

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Any furniture specifically made to break down or fold for ease of travel can be described as campaign furniture. It was designed to be packed up and carried on the march. It has been used by traveling armies since at least the time of Julius Caesar but it is commonly associated with British Army officers, many of whom had purchased their commissions. With the rise and expansion of the British Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries the demand by the military, administrators and colonists increased. British officers of high social position in the Georgian and Victorian periods (1714–1901) often carried high-quality portable furniture.

The most common item of campaign furniture is the chest of drawers, often referred to as a military chest or campaign chest. A standard campaign chest will be made of either mahogany or teak and break down into two sections with removable legs. The brass corners and strapwork offer some protection and typify the distinctive "campaign look".

Some items of campaign furniture are instantly recognisable as made to dismantle or fold. Brass caps to the tops of legs, hinges in unusual places, protruding bolts or X-frame legs all give clues to the functionality of the piece. However, some makers of campaign furniture were careful to ensure that their work was up to date and fashionable, thus making it more commercial. In such cases, as much of it looked like domestic furniture, it is harder to see how it dismantles. Ross and Co. of Dublin were innovators of campaign furniture design and much of their work is obviously Victorian in period. It only becomes apparent that their balloon back chairs dismantle when they are turned upside down and two locking bolts can be seen.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_furniture

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20C Indian Teak and Brass Inlaid Magazine Rack.

Provenance: Bought at Auction in Ireland.

Dimensions: 17.5" High, 20.5" Wide and 9.75" Deep

SOLD

20C Anglo-Indian Magazine Rack