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Chessboard

Chessboard

  • Place of origin:

    Calcutta (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rosewood, the exterior veneered and the interior lined with sandalwood; partly decorated with micromosaic of wood and metals; silvered brass mounts

  • Museum number:

    01155(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The sadeli technique with which this games board is decorated is a type of micro-mosaic inlay made with faceted strips of diverse materials such as tin, horn, ivory, sappan wood and ebony. In 19th-century India this technique was most widely practised in Bombay and fancy articles decorated in this way were generically known as 'Bombay boxes'. This piece, however, was made in Calcutta, where a family of sadeli artisans had settled in the mid-19th century.

Physical description

Folding games board of rosewood, the exterior veneered and the interior lined with sandalwood, partly decorated with micromosaic of wood and metals; with silver brass mounts.

Place of Origin

Calcutta (made)

Date

ca. 1855 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Rosewood, the exterior veneered and the interior lined with sandalwood; partly decorated with micromosaic of wood and metals; silvered brass mounts

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 cm, Width: 44.5 cm, Depth: 22.4 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Room 8. Wall Case 30.] '01,155. CHESS BOARD. Sandalwood, covered with ivory and mosaic; Bombay. 4,295'

Descriptive line

Folding games board, rosewoodd, c.1855, Calcutta.

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

Jaffer, A. Furniture from British India and Ceylon: a catalogue of the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2001. ISBN 1 85177 318 5, p.233, pl.73.

Materials

Rosewood; Sandalwood

Categories

India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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