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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 32

    AN INDIAN ENGRAVED-IVORY AND TORTOISESHELL BOX

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN INDIAN ENGRAVED-IVORY AND TORTOISESHELL BOX
    18TH CENTURY
    Of rectangular shape, veneered on all four sides, the hinged top enclosing a red velvet-lined interior with mirror, both doors decorated with ivory foliage enclosing thirteen variously-sized rosewood-lined drawers and two hidden compartments, edged with green stained ivory, the sides with apparently original brass carrying-handles, the drawers and carcase notched and numbered; on a modern stained beech and calamander stand
    19 in. (48 cm.) high; 22 in. (56 cm.) wide; 16 in. (41 cm.) deep


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    Dr. Amin Jaffer notes that the form of this box, opening as it does with two doors rather than a fall-front, was introduced as a result of Western influence at the end of the seventeenth century (see A.Jaffer, Luxury Goods from India: the Art of the Indian Cabinet-Maker, London, 2002, p.65). The altered construction reflected changes in Europe in the design and use of cabinets which were increasingly intended as showpieces; the configuration here allows the interior door panels and the variously-sized drawers to be admired simultaneously.

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