Description & Technical information

The box of sandalwood with inlaid ebony and ivory engraved with flower buds, scrolling vines and leaves, on the top lid of the box - a bird inside two concentric circles with playful squirrels decorated alongside scrolling vines, flower buds and alternating diamond shapes of ebony and ivory. The top lid with two brass hinges and two studded floral rosettes. To the sides of the box are two brass handles with a brass lock plate and key to the front. The background of the document box made of rosewood.

European furnishings much like this sandalwood document box and other various European-like forms were produced by craftsman in Vizagapatam, India, from the early 18th century. Vizagapatam was a fundamental centre for production of luxurious objects exported to Europe and other ports.

Date:  18th century
Period:  1600-1750, 1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  India, Vizagapatam
Medium: Sandalwood, Ebony, Ivory, Rosewood
Dimensions: 12.5 x 49 x 33 cm (4⁷/₈ x 19¹/₄ x 13 inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art