early 19th century angloindian sandalwood ivory sadeli mosaic work box c1820

Early 19th Century Anglo-Indian Sandalwood, Ivory & Sadeli Mosaic Work Box c.1820


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An exquisite example of an Anglo-Indian Sadeli Mosaic sewing or work box dating to around 1820, in superb condition.
The ancient art of Sadeli Mosaic is said to have been introduced from Shiraz in Persia via Sind to Bombay, a long time before the Anglo Indian boxes were made. It was a technique, which required a high degree of skill and patience. It was executed very lavishly, in that the frequent cuts wasted a great amount of the precious materials used. The workmanship was however more than commensurable to the value of the materials.
Ivory, silver, pewter (or other metals), wood and horn were cut into faceted rods which were bound together to form geometric patterns. When the glue has set, the rods were sliced in transverse sections. This gave the maker a number of angled circular pieces in the original pattern. Several variations of patterns could be achieved by combining the materials in different ways. The ivory was sometimes dyed green to give an extra colour.
The interior is quite superb with lidded compartments, the original Ivory thimble, two cotton spool holders and a tape measure sitting in decorative fretted Ivory panels.
A highly collectible example in superb condition complete with working key, measuring 8" x 6" x 3 1/2" tall.
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