3 November 2011
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION
AN ANGLO-INDIAN SILVER METAL-MOUNTED IVORY WRITING AND WORK-BOX
VIZAGAPATAM, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Decorated overall with bands of engraved foliage and with floral swags, the rectangular stepped and gadrooned hinged lid enclosing a fitted sandalwood interior, the underside of the lid with a hidden compartment, with waisted sides and hinged to reveal fitted lidded compartments, above a long drawer revealing a hinged writing slope, the sides with silver metal oval medallions of a mask with feathered headdress and handles, the interior of the writing slope inscribed 'ELIZABETH'
10½ in. (27 cm.) high; 13½ in. (34 cm.) wide; 11 in. (28 cm.) deep
Acquired Mallett, London, May, 2002
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Closely related examples include one sold Christie's, London, 6 July 1995, lot 1 (£3,450 including premium) and another offered Christie's, Australia, 28-29 May 2001, lot 454.
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