18C Anglo Indian Vizigapatam Pocket Watch Display Box

18C Anglo Indian Vizigapatam Pocket Watch Display Box.

LOVELY little box of incredible quality.

Box made in Vizigapatam, India circa 1780.

Made of ebonized sandalwood and bone inlay and edging decorated with lac ink on lions paw feet.

Made to display a Ladies Pocket Watch………….beautiful and RARE !!

ANGLO-INDIAN BOXES: 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.
The early 19th century horn boxes were made in very robust architectural shapes. They often had stepped or canted lids of radiating reeded segments culminating in turned and fluted finials. They stood on turned feet, which showed up the form to full advantage. By the middle of the century shapes became simpler and smaller, sometimes domed, covered with flat horn veneer. They were decorated with fretted or incised ivory strips affixed with ivory pins.
Link: http://www.hygra.com/anglo.html#2

From the early 18th century Vizagapatam in India was a leading center for wood and ivory work, where craftsmen produced fancy furniture and novelty wares specifically for western consumers.

18C Anglo Indian Vizigapatam Pocket Watch Display Box.

Provenance: Part of our extensive Anglo-Indian Collection.

Dimensions: Closed: 4′ Wide, 5″ deep and 3.2″ tall

Open (on display) : 4″ wide, 5″ deep and 7″ tall

Condition: Substantial loss of faux ivory fretwork on lid. Some other losses.


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