A Vizagapatam ivory veneered cottage Work Box

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Lot 7Y
A Vizagapatam ivory veneered cottage Work Box

Sold for £ 10,200 (US$ 13,090) inc. premium
A Vizagapatam ivory veneered cottage Work Box
circa 1790-1820,
the whole engraved and highlighted with black lac, the lid formed as stylised ridged thatched roof with foliate border, the handle as a brick chimney, the sides forming the walls with lattice casement windows and stylised vegetation, the front with planked front door with shallow pagoda porch, flanked by a graduated picket fence, the sandalwood interior fitted a lift out compartmented tray with red plush lining containing twin lidded compartments, two needle cases of book form, five double flower head reels, a flower head ribbon tape and a similar circular box, above a shallow recess, the base containing a side drawer, minor discolourations to veneer, hinges to lid damaged / loose, and as found, some small losses to veneers on chimney and front right hand base, losses to some interior fitments, side drawer seized and pin missing, 24cm wide, 15.5cm deep, 19.5cm high

Footnotes

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

    A very similar caddy can be seen in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (W 20-1951).

    Literature: Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, V&A Publications 2001, p. 206

Saleroom notices

  • Please note: The 'Y' symbol beside the lot number indicates that this lot is subject to CITES regulations when exporting this item outside the EU. These regulations may be found at www.ukcites.gov.uk
A Vizagapatam ivory veneered cottage Work Box
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