AN INDO-PORTUGUESE ROSEWOOD AND EBONY CASKET, GOA, 17TH CENTURY
inlaid with ivory dots and floral motifs in ebony, on later feet
16cm. high, 34.5cm. wide, 24.5cm. deep; 6¼in., 1ft. 1½in., 9¾in.
Attractive surface, old repairs notably to front. Top with burn (approx. 1.5cm. diam.). Drawer lacking handle. Escutcheon appears later. Bracket feet later but well done. Repairs, which include patches to veneers, appear to have great age.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Inventory, 1949, 'An Indo-Portuguese inlaid box with sliding cover, fitted one drawer, 13 ½ “ wide' on the Grand Staircase
For related examples, see those illustrated in Pedro Dias, Mobiliário Indo-Português, Moreira de Cónegos, 2013, pp. 46, 292, 293, 336, 374, 387, 398 and 400.