Vizagapatam Anglo-Indian Tortoise Shell and Ivory Box

(India, 19th Century)

Vizagapatam Anglo-Indian Tortoise Shell and Ivory Box
2554 Lincoln Blvd # 696
Venice, CA, 90291
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Vizagapatam Anglo-Indian Tortoise Shell and Ivory Box


This beautiful hand-made Anglo-Indian box features tortoise shell and carved ivory with inlaid black lacquer and bird motifs. On the top and sides of the box there are landscapes painted on the ivory medallions; the landscapes have birds in flight in a idyllic natural setting, with trees and a small house. The ivory has been carved into ornate floral motifs and every inch of this box has been delicately considered. Its hand-made construction is evident and quite remarkable. The borders are disguised with ivory joints and smaller tortoiseshell pieces; the edges are decorated with hand cut ivory. All the small pieces are placed and secured in with detail nails. The ivory is incised and filled with black lacquer to add a decorative touch. The box sits on four carved lion paw's feet. The interior is lined with fabric, which remains in great condition. Overall the box in is great condition , with minor ear to the tortoise shell, which is to be expected because of its age. The box was made in the east coast area of Vizagapatam, for the British market.
The Anglo-Indian box tradition began among the English residents living in India in the early part of the 18th century. They became popular imports sent to England until the 20th Century. This original Vizagapatam box dates to the 1890's. The rectangular box has a slightly curved lid and measures 2.5 x 5 x 3 inches.

WIDTH: 5 in | HEIGHT: 3 in | DEPTH: in

Origin India
Category Boxes
Period 19th Century

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