Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Property from a Martha's Vineyard Collection
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century

22 January 2021 • New York

Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century
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Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century

Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century

Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes, mid-19th century

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January 22, 03:32 PM (GMT)

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Description

Property from a Martha's Vineyard Collection

Two Ceylonese Porcupine Quill and Inlaid Mahogany Boxes

Mid-19th century


Comprising: a larger example with fitted and inlaid interior with and another smaller example with faceted lid, the interior lid with a decorated panel with an elephant above the town name 'MATARA'

Larger: Height 4 3/4 in. by Width 11 1/2 in. by Depth 8 1/8 in.

Condition report

Larger: Height 4 ¾ in. by Width 11 ½ in. by Depth 8 1/8 in. Losses to some quills on proper right side; polish or cleaning residue in crevices. Some doors to interior slightly warped. Some losses to inlay on door fronts. Lacking key.

Smaller: Height 3 ¼ in. by Width 8 ½ in. by Depth 6 1/8 in. Loss to front proper right front edge; scattered losses to inlay; proper left hinge would benefit from resecuring.

 

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Catalogue note

Porcupine quill boxes are decorative boxes which were produced in three areas of southern Ceylon; Galle, Matara and Matura, all thriving trading posts in the mid to late 19th century. Made for the European market, these boxes were designed to imitate traditional English forms such as caddies, writing boxes, sewing baskets as well as jewelry boxes. An example is located at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which was presented to Queen Mary in 1924.1

1Jaffer, Amin, and Corrigan, Karina. 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.