19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Sunburst Pattern Octagonal Document Box

19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Sunburst Pattern Octagonal Document Box.

GORGEOUS Anglo-Indian octagonal shaped document box in sunburst pattern.

Made in Vizagapatam, India in the 19th Century…..circa 1865.

The box is constructed of sandalwood the covered in bone/faux ivory and rosewood in alternating sections in a sunburst pattern.

It is then inlaid with what is known as sadeli mosaic…….mini geometric and star shaped mosaics made of pewter, silver, semi-precious green stone shards.

Sadeli mosaic is more common in pieces made in Bombay……but these were definitely made in Vizagapatam……using the Bombay influence of Sadeli. This is why we know they were made towards the mid-end of the 19th Century,…..as earlier Vizagapatam pieces had their own definitive style.

19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Sunburst Pattern Octagonal Document Box.

This is part of our LARGE Vizagapatam Collection !!!

We have 3 examples of this sunburst pattern…..as you can see from the photos…..each is being sold separately……but can be sold as a Set !!

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.

All of the veneered boxes, ivory, quill and horn, were made in different shapes from the first decades of the 19th century. The Indian craftsmen also made the sarcophagus and architectural shapes fashionable in England. The decoration on the borders became more varied and sometimes it even included oriental motifs. It is indicative of the cross cultural influences of the time that an Anglo Indian box could be of sarcophagus shape (Egyptian influence in England), executed in ivory, with Chinese figures incised in the border. The interior fitted with spools and sewing implements in the English fashion.

The ancient art of Sadeli Mosaic is said to have been introduced from Shiraz in Persia via Sind to Bombay, a long time before the Anglo Indian boxes were made. It was a technique, which required a high degree of skill and patience. It was executed very lavishly, in that the frequent cuts wasted a great amount of the precious materials used. The workmanship was however more than commensurable to the value of the materials.

Ivory, silver, pewter (or other metals), wood and horn were cut into faceted rods which were bound together to form geometric patterns. When the glue has set, the rods were sliced in transverse sections. This gave the maker a number of angled circular pieces in the original pattern. Several variations of patterns could be achieved by combining the materials in different ways. The ivory was sometimes dyed green to give an extra colour.

The mosaic pieces in a combination of patterns, often separated by ivory, ebony, horn or silver stringing were used to veneer sandalwood boxes. In the early boxes, which date from the turn of the 18th to the 19th century, there are large panels of mosaic covering tops and sides of boxes. It took incredible skill to cover such large areas without any shakes or wavering of the pattern. The corners and joins on these boxes are impeccably matched.

The makers (reputed to be Persian) of Sadeli mosaic made in the first two decades of the 19th century displayed a total understanding of the qualities of the different materials they used. They combined substances, which can expand and contract according to atmospheric conditions with others, which are hard and unyielding. The result was a sharp definition of the lines and patterns, which made up the whole design.

On the early boxes the designs look deceptively simple. The fact is, they emerged from a culture, which had mastered geometry and understood how to generate a pattern from a set number of points. The patterns are so harmoniously combined that their incredible complexity is not immediately apparent.

The earliest Sadeli boxes are of simple rectangular shapes. The combination of the diverse patterns is a triumph of artistic judgment, impeccable workmanship and deep respect for the material in hand. The boxes have an opulence emanating from the richness of the materials, yet the total control of these materials and the cerebral nature of the overall designs give them a restrained dignity. These early Sadeli boxes are now very rare indeed.

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19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Sunburst Pattern Octagonal Document Box.

Provenance: Part of our extensive Anglo-Indian Collection.

Dimensions: 11.25″ wide, 4.5″ deep and 2.25″ high

Condition: Mint.


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