Anglo-Indian Stag Horn Box
Vizagapatam, Andhra Pradesh
Possibly by Chinniah, a master craftsman in Waltair, known to have specialised in this type of work during the period (see biblio). It would almost certainly have been bought by the East India Company in the Madras Presidency.
This intricate box is of sandalwood overlaid with strips of horn from the Sambar deer which is found in the Indian subcontinent. The tray which lifts out of the box is fitted with many compartments covered by engraved ivory lids and with a number of mother of pearl decorated spools. The box is in lovely original condition with its four horn bun feet.
Width 37.5 Depth cm 28.5 cm Height 25 cm ( 15 x 11.25 x 10 in)
Furniture from British India and Ceylon by Amin Jaffer. Victoria & Albert Museum Publications 2001 (for a similar example see p. 214 pl. 61)
1692 / 2996
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