This sewing-box pattern, fashioned like a Calcutta house, was popular around l800 and was executed under the direction of the Dutch and East India Companies at Vizagapatam, Andhra State on the Coromandel coast for retail in Madras and Calcutta (A.K.H. Jaffer, 'The Furniture Trade in early Colonial India', Oriental Art, Vol. XV1, no. 1, Spring l995, p. 12-13). Similar ones, featuring slight variations, were sold from the Prescott Collection, Christie's New York, 31 January l98l, lot 56 and by Lionel Stopford Sackville Esq., Drayton House, Northamptonshire, in these Rooms, 5 July l990, lot 108.