|An ivory and sadeli work wood model of a Palaquin (Palki)
Bombay, first half of 19th Century . This model takes the form of a box palanquin or meehana, which replaced the dhooli at the end of the 18th Century
It is veneered with ivory and mosaic of ivory, wood, tin and stained horn (sadeli work) on a wooden carcass, in the form of a carriage with bowed roof, sliding doors on each side, the doors with ivory panels with floral designs, at each end a support and further ivory panels decorated ensuite, the interior lined with red velvet
This is a good example of Bombay inlaid work, an industry established there at the beginning of the 19th Century, which catered exclusively for European tastes. The technique of sadeli mosaic consists of binding together several faceted rods of the various materials and sawing them into thin transverse sections, which are then glued to a board to form the chosen geometric pattern. For a full-size palanquin attributed to Calcutta, see Amin Jaffar, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, no. 71, pp. 230-31.
18.5 inches wide overall but cabin itself 7 inches wide by 4 inches deep and 4.25 inches high ( 46.25 cm by 17.5 cm by 10 cm by 10.625 cm).