Indo-Portuguese Gilt-Metal-Mounted Ivory- and Bone-Inlaid Rosewood, Teak and Ebony Cabinet on Stand Contador
Probably Goa, India, late 17th/early 18th century
In two parts, the rectangular chest with an arrangement of short and deep drawers, the stand with short over deep drawers, covered allover with intersecting circles forming a lattice design, with cartouche-shaped openwork gilt copper-alloy mounts, raised on half-human, half-serpent legs and ending in squared feet. Height 51 1/2 inches (1.3 m), width 37 3/4 inches (95.8 cm), depth 20 1/4 inches (51.4 cm).
Sold together with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation License (ECL), with authorization to sell Interstate and Intrastate, expiration date of June 5, 2019.
A similar cabinet on stand in the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated, Amin Jaffer, Luxury Goods from India, London, 2002, pp. 58-59, no. 22. Jaffer writes that the upper human and lower serpent sections have been identified as nagas or naginis, auspicious Hindu snake divinities that bring good fortune and ward against dangers. Cf. similar contadors: Sotheby's, New York, October 22, 2010, lot 154 and Christie's, London, June 10, 2015, lot 19.
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