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Glove box

Glove box

  • Place of origin:

    Vishakhapatnam (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sandalwood, veneered with ivory, partly engraved and highlighted with lac; silvered brass lock and hinges

  • Museum number:

    9683(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Fancy boxes of this type were standard manufacture of Vizagapatam, a port on the east coast of India where from the early 18th century craftsmen were making furniture worked with ivory for European consumers. This pieces was probably made specifically for the Universal Exhibition, held in Paris in 1855. Its lid is carved with a central oval lozenge with projecting rays, a motif that was enormously popular in the decoration of 19th-century Anglo-Indian furniture.

Physical description

Glove box, rectangular, with lid fluted in a sunburst pattern with an oval reserve at centre.

Place of Origin

Vishakhapatnam (made)

Date

ca. 1855 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Sandalwood, veneered with ivory, partly engraved and highlighted with lac; silvered brass lock and hinges

Dimensions

Height: 6 cm, Width: 26.2 cm, Depth: 10.5 cm

Descriptive line

Domestic, sandalwood ivory

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, p.210, pl.54.

Materials

Sandalwood; Ivory; Lac; Brass

Techniques

Engraving

Categories

India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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