7 May 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 1,062
Estimate GBP 700 - GBP 1,000
AN ANGLO-INDIAN SEWING BOX
MID TO LATE 19TH CENTURY, PROBABLY BOMBAY
The white metal-mounted ivory box inlaid with sadeli work, the removable top mirrored inside, the interior with compartments on metal paw feet; together with a colonial Indian tortoiseshell model of a rickshaw
5¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high; 12¾ in. (32.3 cm.); 9 in. (22.9 cm.) deep (2)
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This sarcophagus-shaped sewing box is a fine example of a 19th Century 'Bombay box', characterised by the use of sadeli, a geometric micromosaic composed of various woods, metals and ivory, as a veneer over the carcass of the wooden object.
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