19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Dark Shell and Bone Trinket Box

19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Dark Shell and Bone Trinket Box.

LOVELY 19th Century Anglo-Indian piece !!

From circa 1860……made in Vizagapatam, India……famous for its fabulous shell and bone/faux ivory inlays and fretwork.

This box is made from GORGEOUS dark faux tortoiseshell with bone/faux ivory banding, fretwork, friezes and edging.

The bone is then hand-painted using lac ink……indelible ink made from crushed beetles.

This one has a central medallion featuring the Hindu Goddess Shiva.

Gorgeous faux ivory fretwork and friezes.

it sits on 4 carved bone lions paw feet.

Some losses but still HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE !!

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.

19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Dark Shell and Bone Trinket Box.

Provenance: Part of our extensive Anglo-Indian Collection.

Dimensions: 6.5″ wide, 3″ tall and 5″ deep

Condition: Good. Some minor losses which is to be expected with the age and construction.

Price Now: $1,000

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