The present table is decorated with fine geometric floral and foliate patterns inlaid in ivory.
An almost identical table is shown in the Victoria & Albert Museum collections and was once owned by Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India:
Illustrated in Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon: a catalogue of the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. (London, 2001), p.164, pl.26.
In the late 19th century Hoshiarpur, a town in the Punjab, became an important centre for the production of ivory-inlaid furniture of this type, for export to different parts of India but also to the West (Europe, America).
Tables of this form were fashionable decorative elements, especially for men’s smoking rooms.
Subject to CITIES regulations when exporting this item outside the UK (Conforming to CITIES regulations all ivory artworks offered date pre 1947)