New Arivals at Maiwa East

by - Thursday, March 11, 2010

Maiwa East has just received it's first container of 2010. We've unpacked hundreds of items. After looking them over we've taken photos of four special pieces to give you an idea of what has arrived. Each piece is unique. All have personality.

1 ) Featured in the first photo is a large teak cabinet with glass double doors. The cabinet has classic detailing on the top and rests on turned wooden feet. With the moulding this cabinet is just over six feet tall.

2) The second item is a small floor cabinet about three feet high. It features lightly distressed solid wood panels and carved protruding ornaments at the top. Inside are two shelves. It is an unusual item and we have never received one like it before.

3) The third item is a hammered copper pot about eight inches high and ten inches in diameter. We have a large collection of similar pots made of copper and brass in a variety of shapes.

4) Finally we have a very unusual bench which has been salvaged from an Indian train station. The back of the bench is attached to the seat by a custom made brass hinge. The back is reversable so that the bench may face in either direction. In use the bench would be anchored between the rail platforms. By flipping the back of the bench passengers would be able to sit facing the correct platform to watch the approaching train.

We receive containers on a regular basis holding old furniture, carved doors & thresholds, teak cabinets, coffee tables, book cases, engraved water urns, ironwork chairs and tables, furniture handpainted by the renowned Abhi Shakar and Jetu Singh, and many other items both large and small.

All hardwoods are old or reclaimed.

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  1. Hello, Maiwa!
    I don't think that bench is from a train station. See the hooks near the legs? Those are meant to hold chains that allow the bench to be suspended from the ceiling. It is what is called a 'hichko' or 'swing' - very traditional in Gujarati courtyards. And the reason the back can be flipped is so that the swing can face either way. We have one like this in our home (in Goa, India) so I can take pictures if you want to know how it's suspended.


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