• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 247

    AN ANGLO-INDIAN ENGRAVED IVORY MINIATURE BUREAU-CABINET ON IVORY-INLAID AND EBONIZED STAND

    VIZAGAPATAM, CIRCA 1770

    Price Realised  

    AN ANGLO-INDIAN ENGRAVED IVORY MINIATURE BUREAU-CABINET ON IVORY-INLAID AND EBONIZED STAND
    VIZAGAPATAM, CIRCA 1770
    With two pairs of upper cupboard doors opening to engraved ivory-fronted drawers and pigeonholes, the slant front opening to a similar interior and the drawer fitted with compartments, decorated overall with foliate borders, one lock stamped HANDMADE/SECURE/TWO LEVER LOCK, on ivory-inlaid ebony stand
    25 in. (63.5 cm.) high, 22½ in. (57 cm.) wide, 10¾ in. (27.5 cm.) deep, the cabinet


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    The ivory-veneered and ivory-inlaid furniture and table articles from Vizagapatam, on the northern part of the Coromandel Coast, are distinctive for lush foliate borders and frequently, meticulously-rendered landscape scenes. In addition to the present example of a miniature bureau, Vizagapatam produced objects such as bureau-bookcases, toilet mirrors, chairs and various types of boxes.

    Typically, the miniature bureau rest on bracket feet, so the presence of an ivory-inlaid ebony base is notable. In 1767, Thomas Chippendale supplied a stand in the Gothick style to Sir Edward Knatchbull of Mersham-le-Hatch for an ivory-inlaid rosewood bureau, circa 1750 (see A. Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, pg. 189, fig. 86). A very similar ivory-veneered bureau enhanced by a pierced foliate cresting, a waved apron and short cabriole legs is in the Royal Collection, having been brought to England by Alexander Wynch, Governor of Fort St. George from 1773 to 1775 (see A. Jaffer, op.cit., pg. 198, fig. 92).

    Provenance

    Acquired from Philip Colleck, New York, 1970.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE FOR MRS. FREDERICK AYER II, THE HIGHLANDS, SEATTLE (LOT 247)