A Vizagapatam Ivory Box
A Vizagapatam Ivory Box
A Vizagapatam Ivory Box
A Vizagapatam Ivory Box
A Vizagapatam Ivory Box
A Vizagapatam Ivory Box

A Vizagapatam Ivory Box

c. 1740 India

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A mid 18th century, sandalwood lined, ivory veneered box; engraved and inlaid with lac, silver coloured metal hinges, lock and escutcheon. The inside with a small division running front to back at one side and with a small drawer beneath the same.
Vizagapatam, India, c.1740.
Vizagapatam on the northern Coromandel coast is a natural harbour midway between Calcutta and Madras. The British East India Company had a trading station there from 1668 and by 1756 the whole area had come under British control. From the late 17th century a tradition grew in Vizagapatam for the manufacture of objects and furniture of Western form, decorated in a distinctive manner, all being inlaid or veneered with ivory etched with black lac. The decoration was drawn from Mogul culture, brilliantly adapted to appeal to western taste. A visitor there in 1756, Major John Corneille, recorded that Vizagapatam was ‘famous for its inlay work, and justly, for they do it to the greatest perfection’.
Dimensions
External Height 4.00 inch (10.16 cm)
External Width 11.25 inch (28.57 cm)
External Depth 8.25 inch (20.95 cm)
Stock Code
48
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