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Workbox

  • Place of origin:

    Bombay (made)

  • Date:

    1881-1882 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sandalwood with sadeli and ivory parquetry, borders of sadeli, ebony and ivory; brass and silvered brass mounts

  • Museum number:

    IS.2344:1 to 22-1883

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This workbox was intended to be used for needlework, and is designed to accommodate all of the accessories associated with this pastime. The exterior is decorated with sadeli, a geometric micro-mosaic composed of various woods, metals and ivory, arranged in patterns as a veneer over the wooden carcass. Such work was much practised in western India, especially in and around Bombay, for which reason such objects were described under the blanket heading 'Bombay boxes'.

Physical description

Workbox of sandalwood, the exterior with parquetry of sadeli and ivory, within borders of sadeli, ebony and ivory, with silvered brass lock and hinges and brass carrying handles.

Place of Origin

Bombay (made)

Date

1881-1882 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Sandalwood with sadeli and ivory parquetry, borders of sadeli, ebony and ivory; brass and silvered brass mounts

Dimensions

Height: 13 cm, Width: 32.5 cm, Depth: 23 cm

Object history note

The workbox was purchased on behalf of the South Kensington Museum in India in 1881-2 for £3 by Caspar Purdon Clarke.

Descriptive line

Workbox, sandalwood, parquetry in sadeli and ivory, Bombay, 1881-2.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jaffer, Amin Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. London : V&A Publications, 2001. 416 p., ill. ISBN 1851773185, p327, pl.146.

Subjects depicted

Geometric patterns

Categories

Furniture; Containers; Woodwork; Needlework accessories

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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