Pair of RARE 19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Trinket Boxes

Pair of RARE 19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Trinket Boxes.

GORGEOUS PAIR of 19th Century Anglo-Indian ……. matching trinket boxes.

Made in Vizagapatam, India circa 1870.

The boxes are made of sandalwood and covered in faux ivory or bone, mother of pearl and ebony stringing.

The boxes are also inlaid with Sadeli Mosaic…. mosaic in geometric patterns made from silver, bone, ebony and stained bone.

The central portion of the lid of the larger box is set with a highly carved floral frieze or fretwork of faux ivory with a central medallion with a hand-painted lion.

The central portion of the smaller box is set with a highly carved floral frieze or fretwork of faux ivory.

One box is slightly larger than the other.

Both boxes open to reveal the original red velvet lining inside the lid.

STUNNING PAIR !!!

IN SUPERB CONDITION …….

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

Pair of RARE 19C Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Trinket Boxes.

Provenance: Part of our extensive Anglo-Indian Collection.

Dimensions:

Larger Box: 8″ wide, 2.5″ tall and 4″ deep

Smaller Box: 5.1″ wide, 2″ tall and 4″ deep

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