Cloud Zoom small image
My Cart

Antique Indian Hoshiapur Inlaid Octagonal Table, India circa 1890

Turkish in inspiration, inlaid octagonal tables of this form were made in several parts of late 19th-century British controlled India circa 1890. They were produced principally in response to the growing fashion in Europe for Middle Eastern and Islamic furnishings and decorative accessories. This table was made in Hoshiapur, a town in the Punjab known for its workmanship in the art of inlay. Tables of this form were used a central decorative feature for interiors conceived in an Islamic style. These were much in vogue in the 1880s and 1890s, particularly for men's smoking rooms. Typical features of these rooms included tented ceilings, tiles and turned lattice panels (mashrabiyya) mounted on the walls, richly cushioned banquettes, huqqas, low square or octagonal tables, Qu'ran stands and hanging lanterns. Often these tables are thought to be from Damascus in Syria where they also appear. This walnut table has a sensational top inlaid with bone to form a symmetrical design that extends across the entire top. The central ten point star is enclosed within a circular medallion while the outer band conforms to the octagonal shape of the table top itself. The eight sided base is separate from the top in order to facilitate shipping from India onward to England. All eight vertical panels of the side also feature inlay work in bone and have a floral theme that complements the design seen on the top. This table is unusually large which makes it ideal for use in many different areas of an interior.

# PM2

DIMENSIONS

23.50" w x 2.50" d x 24.00" h

59.69cm w x 6.35cm d x 60.96cm h

Although Turkish in inspiration, octagonal tables of this form were made in several parts of late 19th-century British India. They were produced principally in response to the growing fashion in Europe for Middle Eastern and Islamic furnishings and decorative accessories. This table was made in Hoshiapur, a town in the Punjab known for its workmanship in the art of inlay. Tables of this form were used a central decorative feature for interiors conceived in an Islamic style. These were much in vogue in the 1880s and 1890s, particularly for men's smoking rooms. Typical features of these rooms included tented ceilings, tiles and turned lattice panels (mashrabiyya) mounted on the walls, richly cushioned banquettes, huqqas, low square or octagonal tables, Qu'ran stands and hanging lanterns. Often these tables are thought to be from Damascus in Syria where they also appear. This walnut table has a sensational top inlaid with bone to form a symmetrical design that extends across the entire top. The central ten point star is enclosed within a circular medallion while the outer band conforms to the octagonal shape of the table top itself. The eight sided base is separate from the top in order to facilitate shipping from India onward to England. All eight vertical panels of the side also feature inlay work in bone and have a floral theme that complements the design seen on the top. This table is unusually large which makes it ideal for use in many different areas of an interior.