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An Anglo-Indian bone, ivory and sandalwood work box, Vizagapatam, circa 1850

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An Anglo-Indian bone, ivory and sandalwood work box, Vizagapatam, circa 1850

An Anglo-Indian bone, ivory and sandalwood work box, Vizagapatam, circa 1850

of sarcophagus form, the lid with a central panel and sunburst pattern with a carved ivory flower at the centre, the exterior with gadrooned motif and bands of ivory engraved and highlighted with lac, the hinged lid opening to reveal various compartments, some with ivory lids, this section detachable, with key


26 by 35 by 18cm.

In overall good condition, with minor losses to the ivory, one small corner restored with bone, minor cracks to the ivory and the wood and minor holes, one ivory band slightly detached and raised, the interior with some dust and dirt, minor cracks to the wood and the ivory and minor losses to the ivory handles of the lids, as viewed.


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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

This lot contains ivory. Sotheby’s recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory, EU regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory from outside the EU and a registration system will be in force in the UK from 6 June 2022. Please note that Sotheby’s will not assist buyers with CITIES licence applications where a buyer elects to either collect or arrange their own shipping, nor will Sotheby’s assist with the international movement of ivory by air, either as freight or through hand carry. Please note that CITIES licences are required for the export of any restricted species from the UK, including EU countries. A buyer’s inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.
Two workboxes now in the Victoria & Albert Museum display a very similar lid, with sunburst pattern and a carved flower; they have been dated to circa 1855 and both are signed by Shedashboodoo (Victoria & Albert Museum, inv. nos.01161 and 01096; published in Jaffer 2001, pp.210-2, nos.55 and 58).