Well-etched wooden works on display ...
AN EXQUISITE batik fan from Central Java featuring battle scenes from the `Mahabharata' brings back the epic to the very city from where traders in those times must have taken it to distant shores. Other velvet touches of history are evident in "Teak Heirlooms" Exhibition. Hinduism-inspired Balinese heads and "pooja mandaps," a touch of Chinese carving in teak and rosewood chairs, typical Dutch-colonial bars, sofa sets and verandah loungers, exquisitely carved and painted Indonesia tables, tribal rain-makers and carved heads.
These are lifestyle products which mark the cultural confluence of a part of the Far East, an eclectic blending of craft influences which are shown to advantage in "Teak Heirloom's" permanent, new, heritage home, at No. 19, 1st Cross Street, Sterling Road, off Kothari Road, Chennai.
Rosewood, teak, ebony, mahogany, oakwood, rattan and cane define the "Teak Heirloom" furniture which are faithful reproductions of the Dutch colonial, Chinese and local Indonesian styles. Typical rounded bars, glass whatnots executed in the Dutch colonial craft genre, slatted wooden dining table sets and verandah chairs are some of the attractions. The sofa sets, recliners and garden chairs both in rattan, cane and wood are very comfortable with a touch of carving at the back, arms, legs etc. There are chaise lounges, carved tables, bed side tables and so on.
Intricately carved and painted Indonesian low tables-cum-chest of drawers are somewhat reminiscent of Sikkim's altar tables. Also from Indonesia are the enormous carved chests painted in vegetable dyes. The artefacts from Thailand, and Bali comprise an attractive array of painted boxes, wooden birds, realistically painted masks, spice storage racks in porcelain and wood and many unusual items. The inaugural exhibition of "Teak Heirlooms," at its new premises, opens on April 17 and will continue for a week.
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