A superb quality late 19th century profusely inlaid shisham wood Anglo Indian octagonal table with folding base probably from Hoshiarpur in the Punjab, this area being renowned for their superb and intricate inlay work - ADDITIONAL IMAGES CAN BE VIEWED BELOW:
This table consists of an octagonal top profusely inlaid with ivory and ebony decoration.
The central circular section is inlaid with foliate decoration, grapes and vine leaves, the outer design inlaid with pairs of peacocks amidst vases and foliage, the peacock being the National bird of India having many symbolic meanings including grace, pride and beauty.
The outer section is inlaid with ivory & ebony stringing, the outer octagonal border of foliate inlaid decoration again with further ivory & ebony stringing with an outer inlaid edge.
This leads down to the octagonal folding base of Moorish influence, the top section having rectangular panels with chevron borders and inlaid floral & foliate decoration, the legs having an arcaded design also with inlaid foliate decoration.
Although the base folds, once the top is placed into position the table becomes stable and rigid for use.
The Moorish style of furniture was very popular in Europe during the latter part of the 19th century with many areas in India producing similar items of superb quality, similar tables were sold by Liberty of London during the later 19th century.
This particular table is in excellent condition, is of stable construction and can go straight into a home.