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Colonial 18th century Vizagapatam box

Colonial 18th century Vizagapatam box

The rectangular ebony box is inlaid with finely carved ivory flowers and scrolling vines, engraved and highlighted with lac. The domed cover is decorated in the same fashion with a floral ivory border. The box stands on four ivory bun feet with silver key and lock.

This box is an early example of Vizagapatam work. In the first half of the 18th century joiners of the Kamsali caste in Visakhapatnam in the Indian province of Andhra Pradesh started to combine their skills in inlaid ivory with western European cabinet-making techniques. The products were made to accommodate the western taste.

A casket (V&A Accession Number 402-1854) with similar carved decoration of ivory inlaid with floral scrolls is illustrated in Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, Timeless Books, New Delhi, 2001, p. 181, fig. 34

Colonial 18th century Vizagapatam box
Price on request
ca. 1720
ebony; ivory; silver
12 x 19 x 12 cm

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