A late 18th century Vizagapatam engraved ivory veneered sandalwood work box
Lot 87Y
A late 18th century Vizagapatam engraved ivory veneered sandalwood work box
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,606) inc. premium
Lot Details
A late 18th century Vizagapatam engraved ivory veneered sandalwood work box
In the form of a cottage with a chequer pattern chimney above a gabled 'thatched' roof with a leaf-pattern border, the sandalwood interior with a recessed hinged lid to the 'roof' above lidded divisions and compartments, the sides decorated with windows, trees and a picket fence to the front, one side with a shallow drawer to the base, 43cm wide, 30cm deep, 17cm high (17" wide, 12" deep, 6.5" high).

Footnotes

  • Based on early Tunbridge prototypes, the shape and decoration of this box, albeit markedly more stylised, reflects the fascination of the period for the rustic and picturesque fashions popular in England and Europe, which in turn spread to the colonies and which resulted in export trade of items interpreted in this style.

    See A.Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, p.206 for a very similar example in the collection of the V&A Museum
    (W 20-1951).

    For another very similar example sold see Bonhams, London, 27 June 2006, lot 7 and another sold by the late Christopher Rowley, Esq., Wormington Manor, Worcestershire, Sotheby's house sale, 21-22 July 2003, lot 624.

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  • Please note the correct measurement is: Width 17cm, Height 18cm, Depth 12cm
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