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The casket is of rectangular form with sinuous serpentine edges. The hinged lid is beautifully inlaid with a superb panel of an elephant with foliate borders. There is a divided lift out tray with satinwood lids and chevron cross banding.
A second lift-out tray is fitted with seven satinwood lidded compartments all with chevron banding, and with the amazing original ball handles.
Provenance: The Dr. Lawrie Webster Collection of Boxes.
This is a highly decorative piece which will make a statement once placed on any period desk.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 12 x Width 35 x Depth 24
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4.7 x Width 13.8 x Depth 9.4
Coromandel wood or Calamander wood
is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local sinhalese name, 'kalu-medhiriya', which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood.
Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 06159
318 Green Lanes