A splendid C19th Indian carved ebony open arm library chair; finely carved in solid ebony. Galle District, Ceylon. The shaped crest rail finely carved with a large central scallop shell flanked by scrolling foliage; above the shaped caned back with a reeded frame having long scrolled arms terminating with carved interlaced thistles and leaves. Raised on flared tassel and cup arm supports with finely carved lotus petals. The cane seat with a reeded frame and a leaf carved front rail with carved large flower head corners. Raised on turned tapering legs carved with elongated lotus leaves; terminating in the original brass cup castors. The square tapering rear legs giving the seat a slight incline for comfort. The seat and back with feather cushions.
An almost identical documented chair is illustrated in A Jaffer, "Furniture from British Indian and Ceylon: A catalogue of the Collection in Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, 2001 page 378"
Ceylon circa 1840
Very good condition with an excellent patina
Dimensions (ins) 25 wide x 39.5 high x 28 deep; seat height without cushion 15.5