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Grandeur in wood


THINK ROSEWOOD, and a picture of royalty and carvings come to the mind. The lavish grandeur of rosewood furniture, so much a part of the Mysore Maharaja family, has in it a stately style of inlay and carving that is being followed for several decades now. Mysore Dasara processions, soldiers with swords walking past, and on camels, kings and queens on elephants, groups of musicians with trumpets and dhols, the glittering mood captured at royal functions... all these are part of the inlay work depicted on dining and dressing tables, centre settee, China cabinets and showcases. Apart from high-grade plastic used in inlay, which has a striking resemblance to ivory and camel bone that are now banned, an assortment of wood such as padak, sesam, white cedar, teak, jackfruit wood and tamarind wood are used for variety. This helps in adding colour, so essential for descriptive craftsmanship.


At the Aadi sale at Poompuhar on Anna Salai that offers tempting discounts, we see some awesome patterns displayed — the jhoola, a heavily ornate carved wonder, draws instant notice. Majestic eight-seater dining tables with carved edges and inlay work also vie for attention. Regal dignity apart, the furniture now includes a feast of jungle designs and floral reliefs created both by the Mysore and Chennai craftsmen. It is a part of the emerging new styles in portraying diversity in inlay expertise. The Hosiarpur style of artistry also depicts stunning inlay on side tables and huge elephants on sesam wood.


The sale is on till August 13.




Pics. by N. Sridharan.

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