Large Vizagapatam Writing Case


ivory veneered, lac heightened and sandalwood writing box, circa 1780, of rectangular form. Decorated overall with views of country houses and pavilions flanked by trees, all within borders of trailing flowers and dense foliage, the hinged cover and sides engraved with houses and trees within broad lotus borders, with a frieze drawer to the front and brass handles to each side, raised on bracket feet engraved with beasts; opening to a fitted interior with hinged writing surface and enclosing two conforming paperweights.

Height 17 cm (6.75 inches)
Width 44 cm (17.25 inches)
Depth 31cm (12.25 inches)
Circa 1780

The use of architectural decorative motifs is typical of later 18th century Vizagapatam engraved works. See for example Christie’s South Kensington, 1 April 2014, lot 207 (£10,000) for a similar box raised on bracket feet.

Related literature: A. Jaffer, Furniture From British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, pp. 204, fig. 48