The engraved decoration, including architectural scenes and nature set within broad foliate borders places, typifies the work of Vizagapatam in the late 18th century. (See A. Jaffer, Furniture From British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, pp. 204, fig. 48)
A similar box with a shallow drawer was sold Partridge; Christie's, New York, 17 May, 2006, lot 71.