Anglo-Indian Damchiya Hope Chest Bench or Settee. These Chests were designed to hold the bride’s dowry and then to store precious silks, linens and valuables. This is a rare one at it is hidden beneath the cushions in the seat of the bench. Damchiya Chests are intricately hand-carved by expert artisans, traditionally come from Rajasthan and Gujarat regions. They trace their origins to those created for the powerful British East British East India Co., known for blending classic English design and Indian craftsmanship and embellishments. Wealthy Europeans celebrated these designs.
Carved Burmese Teak Double-Seated Bench or Settee with hand forged iron strapwork. Two Rows of six square continuous panels with decorative x-form decorative design. Hinged door hidden beneath cushions in the seat reveals spacious deep storage cabinet for valuables. This piece is four-sided, and can sit in the middle of the room with the back side exposed as it is finely designed. Two large pillows for seats, and four matching pillows for the back. A Pair of matching pillows with square shaped textile depicting Medieval European Latin Script and Figurals.
Place of Origin: India
Period - Circa 1850
Dimensions - (36"h, 55.25"w, 31.25"d)
Condition - Good antique condition, wear consistent with age and use.