In its previous incarnation this. Or grinding table, would have carried the weight of two heavy circular grinding stones and been used as a home. The upper cylinder rotating on the fixed lower cylinder to grind. Wheat into flour, legumes, dal, fresh roasted spices.
Once the grain had been separated from the husk, a small hinged side door was opened and the grain collected. On this particular example, like many others, this door has been sealed in the closed position.Pre-electricity , every household in the subcontinent had a Chakki , the women of the house traditionally manning the cylinders. In larger examples, livestock were used to rotate the top cylinder. An actual grinding stone in an architectural salvage yard in the Thar desert is shown in the last image. And a rather dusty working example is on display at Patwon ki Haveli, now a museum in Jaisalmer. This particular Chakki, having been constructed from the tropical hardwood teak , with hand-carved decoration, would have graced a high class Brahmin household.
Cut to the 21st century. In contemporary environments, Chakkis are increasingly repurposed as coffee tables, magazine racks, display cabinets, plant stands, ottomans and the like. Even an elaborate bed for a cat or dog.
Detailing to the legs , this is an elegant late 19th / early 20th century example. Please look carefully at the photographs as they form part of the description.
Diameter of rim: 78 cms. ALESSI PULCINA ESPRESSO MAKER, VINTAGE QUIMPER COFFEE CUP & SAUCER AND BOOKS FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY, AND NOT INCLUDED. On the home page of the listing. You can also follow us around India and the subcontinent on Instagram at lacewinginteriors. The item "ANTIQUE INDIAN CHAKKI / GRINDER TABLE.
19TH c" is in sale since Thursday, December 2, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Indian".The seller is "lacewing-interiors" and is located in Hampton. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Viet nam, Russian federation.