19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Blonde Shell and Bone Box. STUNNING little 19th Century Anglo-Indian Vizagapatam…
19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Shell and Bone Picture Frame………..GORGEOUS and EXTREMELY RARE piece !!!
This is a picture frame made in Colonial India circa 1880, made of sandalwood and completed covered in gorgeous faux blonde tortoiseshell and bone or faux ivory fretwork and frieze panels.
Edged and banded in faux ivory and all hand-painted using lac ink, an indelible black ink made from crushed lac beetles.
The frame has a faux ivory medallion in an armorial shape for personalization on the top middle section. It has 5 other medallions depicting various animals….monkeys, cats, etc.
IN FANTASTIC CONDITION for something so INTRICATE and DELICATE and of this AGE !!!
We have been collecting Anglo-Indian items for many years (see our collection in this section) and have only ever seen one other like this and it was not in the MUSEUM QUALITY that this one is !!!
This is an IMPORTANT little piece !!
Anglo Indian boxes were made in India for the English residents from the early part of the 18th century. They were brought back or sent back to England usually by the people who had commissioned them. From the beginning of the nineteenth century they were imported more commercially, although not in any significant numbers until the middle decades. They were very highly valued, especially the early ones, to the extent that the designs were copied on late 19th and early 20th century tins.
19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Shell and Bone Picture Frame.
Provenance: Part of our extensive Anglo-Indian Collection.
Dimensions: 8.5″ tall and 6″ wide
Condition: Near Mint. The lever at the rear is loose, but perfect apart from that.