19C Anglo Ceylonese Coromandel Bone and Shell Work Box

19C Anglo Ceylonese Coromandel Bone and Shell Work Box.

GORGEOUS late 19th Century work box from circa 1880.

Made in Ceylon……now Sri Lanka……in British Colonial era.

The box is made of beautiful Coromandel (Salamander) wood with a flowing edge.

The Exterior is elegant simplicity…..relying on the gorgeousness of the coromandel patina and flowing edges….but the action starts when you open the box !

The inside of the lid is inlaid with bone/faux ivory with an elephant as the central motif surrounded by flowers…….with inlaid bone/faux ivory and shell pewter geometric pattern edging.

The base has a removeable compartment tray. The tray has 13 compartments…..2 are uncovered and the rest have beautifully decorated lids made of faux ivory and faux shell….with inlaid bone and pewter geometric pattern edging.

The piece has had some minor restoration but it still retains its original beauty !!

ANGLO-INDIAN AND CEYLONESE 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.

Anglo-Indian Boxes normally consist of 3 main types:-

(1) Most of the best and highest quality Anglo-Indian boxes in the 18th and 19th Centuries were made in Vizagapatam, India………renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship in using ivory and tortoiseshell and lac decoration. These are referred to as ‘Vizagapatam Boxes’.

(2) The Bombay area became famous in the 19th Century for its carving of sandalwood boxes and use of Sadeli Mosaic. These are often referred to ‘Sadeli Boxes’.

(3) Many boxes of exquisite quality and craftsmanship were made in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) in the 19th Century. Ceylon was part of the British Indian Colony and was not a seperate Country at that time, hence, the boxes that were made in Ceylon are often categorized as Anglo-Indian. Many of the Anglo-Ceylonese pieces were made in the Goa Region using Porcupine Quill, Coromandel or Salamander wood, ivory, ebony and lac decoration. The Ceylonese lac work was often more colorful than the Vizagapatam classic use of black lac ink.(Lac ink was an indelible ink made from crushing Lac Beetles). Ceylonese boxes and furniture also became famous, due to the use of various exotic specimen woods in the decoration of their boxes and furniture. These specimen wood pieces are HIGHLY PRIZED AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE !!

This box falls into Category 3 above…………………..SPECTACULAR AND RARE !!

19C Anglo Ceylonese Coromandel Bone and Shell Work Box.

Provenance: Part of our Extensive Anglo-Indian Collection.

Dimensions: 5.5″ High, 12.8″ Wide and 8.75″ Deep

Condition: Very good.

SOLD

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