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Work basket

Work basket

  • Place of origin:

    Waltair (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sedachellum (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sandalwood, with borders of ivory, engraved and highlighted with lac; silver mounts; carved ivory lotus, bun feet and engraved carrying handle

  • Museum number:

    9785(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This basket was made at the Indian port of Vizagapatam, specifically to be featured at the Universal Exhibition held in Paris in 1855. Vizagapatam was a long-standing centre of fancy cabinetwork. This piece was made at a time when craftsmen working there began to produce objects mainly of wood embellished with ivory touches, rather than exclusively of ivory, in order to appeal to a wider market. For the same reason they also made this form using porcupine quills, which was a cheaper material.

Physical description

Sandalwood work basket.

Place of Origin

Waltair (made)

Date

ca. 1855 (made)

Artist/maker

Sedachellum (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Sandalwood, with borders of ivory, engraved and highlighted with lac; silver mounts; carved ivory lotus, bun feet and engraved carrying handle

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 cm, Width: 24.5 cm, Depth: 24.5 cm

Descriptive line

Sandalwood work basket, ca.1855, Andra Pradesh.

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.211, pl.56.

Labels and date

Work basket
Sandalwood, and ivory incised and filled with black lac
Made by Sedachellum
Waltair, Vishakhapatnam, c.1855

9785 (IS)

East India Company officials bought this work basket in 1855 for 18 rupees, in a district of Vishakhapatnam. It was sent to the Paris Universal Exhibition of the same year and bought at the exhibition by the Indian Museum in London. When the museum's collections were dispersed in 1879, the basket was transferred to the South Kensington Museum in 1879. [2010]

Production Note

Andra Pradesh

Materials

Sandalwood; Ivory; Lac; Silver

Techniques

Engraving; Carving

Subjects depicted

Lotus; Scrolling foliage

Categories

India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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