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Sandalwood & Ivory Workbox

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The window of opportunity to acquire this beautiful work basket is narrowing; come the end of May it will be illegal to trade this item.


Of sandalwood, veneered with ivory, engraved and highlighted with lac, edged with thick and beautifully coloured buffalo horn, the two lift-up lids shaped and opening onto an interior divided by a lattice-work panel, the handle of solid, curved ivory.


Vizagapatam circa 1850. The four turned feet absent.


12.25 inches x 8.5 inches x 10.25 inches with the handle raised.


Similar articles are to be found illustrated and discussed in Amin Jaffer’s ‘Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum’. Two such entries are identified as being made by Shedashboodoo and Sedachellum, both purchased by The East India Company in the Madras Presidency in 1855, then acquired by the India Museum following their being exhibited at the Universal Exhibition, Paris, in 1855. 



Item Code: 4677

£ 1650

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