Used to describe furniture and furnishings made in India from the 18th century onwards by Indian cabinetmakers using local timbers and accessories, for the colonial British market and wealthy locals, that was a fusion of the styles and techniques of the two cultures. Teak, camphor wood, padouk, coromandel and ebony were common timbers, and the furniture was sometimes inlaid with ivory or bone, and usually extensively carved with Indian themes including elephants and intricate foliate designs. Similar furniture was made in other colonies such as Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Kashmir.
An Anglo Indian quill inlaid writing compendium the exterior inset with quills modulated in geometric patterns between ebonised bands inset with bone dots, opening to interior fittings with similar decorations, a velvet writing slope, and an interior panel
An Anglo Indian quill inlaid writing compendium the exterior inset with quills modulated in geometric patterns between ebonised bands inset with bone dots, opening to interior fittings with similar decoration and containing letters and miscellaneous items,
An Anglo Indian quill inlaid writing compendium the exterior inset with quills modulated in chevron like patterns between ebonised bands inset with bone dots, opening to interior fittings with similar decorations, a tooled leather writing slope, and an int
An Anglo Indian sandalwood and sadeli mosaic sewing box, mid 19th century, the hinged lid inset with a relief carved landscape panel, internally fitted and complete with original ivory and mosaic inlaid compartment lids and bobbins, 31.5 cm wide note: the
An intriguing Anglo-Indian timber and brass jewellery box, late 19th century, with an arabesque decorated lid, brass edges and recessed bracket handles, the fine interior fitted with a series of drawers, removable trays, boxes, some inlaid, and fold out co
A Vizagapatam box, the octagonal form box profusely decorated with carved bone and ivory over tortoiseshell on eight paw feet, the lid opens to reveal a baize lined interior and a mirror to the lid. Diameter 21 cm. Height 8 cm
An antler veneered Anglo Indian document box mid 19th century, the shallow rectangular box with stepped lid and circular carved finial all veneered in panelled antler with velvet lined interior, 34 cm wide. Illustrated in Cummins, Dr G., antique boxes: ins
An Anglo Indian Vizagapatam ivory sewing basket 19th century, the low basket veneered in ivory with black lac decoration throughout, beneath a central high set swing handle flanked by twin sloping lids, each opening to individual storage compartments below
An Anglo-Indian ivory and lac-engraved sewing box, Vizagapatam, second quarter 19th century, the domed and fluted hinged top revealing a fitted engraved ivory and sandalwood interior with removable tray divided into compartments, the lid with a hinged pane
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