19th Century Anglo-Indian Sadeli Mosaic Dressing Case
19th Century Anglo-Indian Sadeli Mosaic Dressing Case
19th Century Anglo-Indian Sadeli Mosaic Dressing Case
19th Century Anglo-Indian Sadeli Mosaic Dressing Case
19th Century Anglo-Indian Sadeli Mosaic Dressing Case

19th Century Anglo-Indian Sadeli Mosaic Dressing Case

19th century India

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A 'sadeli' mosaic fitted workbox – a sewing box and a writing case, veneered with a hexagonal mosaic of ivory, wood, tin, and stained horn on a sandalwood carcass. The hinged lid encloses a mirror. The interior contains ivory fittings, compartments and sandalwood boxes. The base with a drawer which opens to reveal a green baize-covered writing slope and compartments for writing materials. With a lock and key, and handles on both sides.

Amin Jaffer explains that the blanket term ‘Bombay boxes’ was used by the English in the nineteenth Century to refer to a range of decorative boxes which originated from places in ‘the Bombay Presidency’ – Bombay (Mumbai), Surat, Ahmedabad and Bilimora, which were characterised by the use of ‘sadeli’: ‘a geometric micromosaic composed of various woods, metals and ivory, as a verneer over the carcass of a wooden object’. (see Amin Jaffer, ‘Bombay, Surat and Ahmedabad: Micromosaic and Sandalwood Boxes’ in Furniture from 'British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum' (Timeless Books, New Delhi, 2001), pp.313-5.)

‘Sadeli’: The technique of ‘sadeli’ consists of binding together sections of geometric shaped rods (‘gul’) of about two feet in length composed of thin, uniformly shaped strips of diverse materials such as tin, horn, ivory, green-stained ivory, sappan wood and ebony arranged in symmetrical geometric patterns. These rods are sliced through transversely and formed into thin sheets of repeating patterns that are laid over and glued to the carcass. In this example, the sadeli consists of a dense design of hexagons which are applied over the entire surface.

Comparator: For a similar workbox please see Amin Jaffer, 'Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum' (Timeless Books, New Delhi, 2001), fig. 128, p.313. This workbox belongs to the National Trust, Inventory Number 1180677.1, dated 1800, and is on display at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales.
Amin Jaffer, 'Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum' (Timeless Books, New Delhi, 2001), pp. 313-5.
Dimensions
Height 13.00 cm (5.12 inches)
Width 44.00 cm (17.32 inches)
Depth 29.00 cm (11.42 inches)
Stock Code
6251
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'sadeli' mosaic of ivory, wood, tin, and stained horn on a sandalwood carcass
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