A collector’s treasure trove

Period furniture from the havelis of Rajasthan - chairs, tables, bookracks and cupboards including a wide selection of the very popular cart range of furniture. Antique doors, windows and window frames, all exquisitely carved.

These are some of thefascinating artifacts the Hermitage Gallery has collected for its second anniversary sale to be held at the Gallery premises at Gower Street, Colombo 5 on May 9, 10 and 11.

Furniture apart, there's plenty to interest the discerning collector. Printed ephemera on display include old maps, postcards, prints, wood-cuts and lithographs of old Ceylon. The collection of rare books has a comprehensive selection of work by George Keyt, Martin Russell and the very rare 'An Account of the Island of Ceylon' by the Dutch explorer Philippe Baldeus. There are also paintings by George Keyt, others of the 43 Group and photographs by Lionel Wendt. And if you're nautically inclined, you may want to look at the range of compasses, port and starboard lights, telescopes and sextants.

Silver jewellery, elaborately embroidered silk bedspreads, antique dowry boxes and many more interesting items make up the display. On Sunday, May 11, there's an added attraction, for visitors can get a sketch of themselves done by Jagath or a custom designed henna tattoo by the Hermitage's Mehendiwalli from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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