19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Dark Shell and Faux Ivory Glove Box

19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Dark Shell and Faux Ivory Glove Box.

STUNNING 19th Century Glove Box from circa 1870.

Made in Vizagapatam, India in British Colonial Era….the time of the Raj !

The box is made of sandalwood but completed covered with dark faux tortoiseshell to imitate ebony but with more patina. The exterior is then banded with faux ivory bands and edgings and carved frieze panels on all sides.

The panels etc. are all hand decorated using lac ink (indelible ink made from crushed beetles) in floral patterns.

The 2 Central bone panels on the domed lid depict the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and the Hindu God Vishnu. These panels make this Box Important !!!

The box sits on four carved bone lions paw feet.

Due to the frailty of these boxes…..not many have survived in perfect condition.

This one has some losses but still retains its CENTRAL BEAUTY !!!

19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Dark Shell and Faux Ivory Glove Box

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 centre for wood and ivory work, where craftsmen produced fancy furniture and novelty wares specifically for western consumers.

19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Dark Shell and Faux Ivory Glove Box.

Provenance: Part of our Extensive Anglo-Indian Collection.

Dimensions: 3.75′ High, 11.25″ wide and 4.75″ Deep

Condition: Missing its fretwork on the domed lid but still retains the original medallions. Some cracking to the shell and other minor losses, but still very good for it’s age and construction.

PRICE NOW: $1,450

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