19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Stag Antler Horn Sewing Box – EXCEPTIONAL

19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Stag Antler Horn Sewing Box.

GORGEOUS, RARE and IMPORTANT mid 19th Century Anglo-Indian Sewing Box made in Vizagapatam, India circa 1860.
19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam StagĀ Antler Horn Sewing Box.

The Box is made of sandalwood but covered in sections of carved Antler Horn and bone.

The fitted interior is classic Vizigapatam work……bone/faux ivory compartments hand painted and decorated with lac ink (made from crushed beetles to make an indelible ink).

The top of the box has a hand carved coiled finial reminiscent of a coiled snake…..likewise on the carved and coiled bun feet.

The interior has 5 lidded compartments for storage. It has the original spool for thread that rotates in positionĀ as you would unspool your thread.

It has its original thimble and lidded thread canister.

It has to red velvet sections for needles, pins etc.

The inside of the lid is likewise, decorated with lac painted bone banding and a central carved flower finial.

The interior is edged with ebony veneer.

It has its original lock.


Similar boxes (not as nice as this example) have sold for substantial sums at Christies and Sotheby’s Auctions !!!

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

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 Stag Antler Horn Sewing Box.

Provenance: Bought from a reputable Dealer in Dublin, Ireland.

Dimensions: 9″ High, 14.5″ wide, 11.25″ Deep

Condition: Near Mint. Missing lever hinge on interior side of lid to hold top in place when open.

Price Now: $7,000

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