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Two Anglo-Indian coromandel work boxes, Sri Lanka, Galle District, probably Matara, circa 1830-50

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Two Anglo-Indian coromandel work boxes, Sri Lanka, Galle District, probably Matara, circa 1830-50

Two Anglo-Indian coromandel work boxes, Sri Lanka, Galle District, probably Matara, circa 1830-50

both of rectangular form, the exterior with a flat lid and scalloped sides, each box with a hinged lid opening to reveal two trays of several compartments some with a lid and pen holders, the inner face of each lid inlaid with ivory, each with a key


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26 by 38 by 14.5cm; 28 by 38 by 14cm.

The box with the inner face of the lid decorated with an hexagonal: with minor losses to the inlay and some areas of the surface raised due to exposure to humidity, two rings missing and one lid likely replaced, some scratches and stains, some compartment slightly loose and some lids not perfectly fitted. The box with the inner face of the lid decorated with an elephant : with minor losses to the inlay and minor areas of the surface raised due to exposure to humidity, minor stains and cracks to the wood, some lids not perfectly fitting the compartments, one lid tortoiseshell, 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 and other restricted materials. 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.
The inner face, decorated with a hexagon composed of eighteen different types of wood and bearing a central elephant, a decoration typical of these boxes, can be compared to that of another example, now in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, inv. no.IM 2/1936; published in Jaffer 2001, p.375, no.183.