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Antique Anglo-Indian Sandalwood & Sadeli Mosaic Stationery or Writing Box c.1850
An exquisite example of an Anglo-Indian Sadeli Mosaic stationery or writing box dating to around 1850, in superb condition, normal stable cracks to the large panels.
The ancient art of Sadeli Mosaic is said to have been introduced from Shiraz in Persia via Sind to Bombay, a long time before the Anglo Indian boxes were made. It was a technique, which required a high degree of skill and patience. It was executed very lavishly, in that the frequent cuts wasted a great amount of the precious materials used. The workmanship was however more than commensurable to the value of the materials.
Silver, pewter (or other metals), wood and horn were cut into faceted rods which were bound together to form geometric patterns. When the glue has set, the rods were sliced in transverse sections. This gave the maker a number of angled circular pieces in the original pattern. Several variations of patterns could be achieved by combining the materials in different ways.
The interior is quite superb with a Sandalwood fitted interior and all the edges are beautifully inlaid. There is a label on the inside of the lid "From Bracklyn Castle, Ireland", a lovely piece of provenance.
A highly collectible example in superb condition complete with working key, measuring 8 1/2" wide at rear, 4 1/2" wide at front, 5 3/4" x 5" tall at rear.
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