Pair of Art Deco 'Bombay' Tub Chairs
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With ebonised, curvaceous front arms and legs, the generous tub-shaped back with a down-sweeping motion, re-upholstered in textured cream linen
Bombay, circa 1940
Though essentially French in form, the chairs carry an air of the exotic, the black ebony distinctly Indian in appearance and association. The curving, flowing profile and luxuriant texture of the forearms and legs are filled with zoomorphic energy, the finely carved contours almost alive to the touch. These chairs speak of an Art Deco that is distinctly Asian and not knowingly European.
Bombay's Art Deco is one of the 20th Century's architectural treasures, a style which first appeared in India with an eagerness to adopt contemporary, westernised trends and an emerging, international modernity. 1930s Bombay saw its educated middle class and building stock rapidly expand and with it the need for a new architectural style that found the requisite optimism in Art Deco, with its innate capacity as a style to amalgamate measured opulence with localised influences.
H 76.5cm x W 74cm x D 84cm
H 30" x W 29" x D 33"
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