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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.
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An Anglo-Indian carved and ivory inlaid sewing box, circa 1900, decorated with monkeys and birds, fitted interior, 9 cm high, 25 cm wide, 19 cm deep

A fine Sadeli Anglo-Indian work box, 19th century, ivory and ebony inlay on padouk, with fitted interior, 12.5 cm high, 27 cm across

An Anglo Indian sadeli mosaic work box (AF), late 19th century, with interior mirror and lift out tray with turned ivory ink, pots, ivory lidded compartments, cotton reel holders, etc.

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

Anglo-Indian sewing box with bone and ivory decoration on four claw feet. Interior with internal fitted tray. Dimensions 28.5 x 23 x 12 cm

A bone inlaid camphor wood document box, 20th century. 16 cm high, 38 cm wide, 25 cm deep

Indian sandalwood writing slope. Extensive ivory decoration to exterior. Ivory fittings to interior. Length 37 cm

Finely carved vintage box, in the form of a travelling trunk together with an oriental carved camphor wood box

Three Indian jewellery boxes with ivory embellishments, velvet lining and mirror, various sizes. (3)

Victorian Indian rosewood writing slope with brass inlay, some loose pieces & losses. Dimensions 36 x 25 x 10 cm

A Vizagapatam ivory and penwork box, late 19th early 20th, depicting buildings amongst trees with floral motif borders

Indian palmwood writing box. Fitted interior. Split to lid. Length 39 cm. Height 12 cm

An Indian rosewood stationery box of geometric form with ivory inlay (some losses) width 23 cm. Together with a domed casket hand painted with love scenes. Width 22 cm (2)

Bone 19th century Anglo Indian writing slope some losses and restoration. Dimensions 38 x 30 x 15 cm

Indian wood box with metal strap work and lift up lid on wooden wheels. Dimensions 670mm wide, 580mm deep x 590mm high

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

Carved Indian document box, with separate internal segmented tray. Height 11 cm weight 35 cm diameter 25 cm

A fine Sadelli writing box, Anglo-Indian mid 19th century. 16 cm high, 44 cm wide and 30 cm deep. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

Anglo Indian box with with ivory and shell inlay and a fitted interior dimensions 33.5 x 23 x 12 cm.

Antique Anglo Indian teak deed box. Hinged lid with brass mounts

Anglo Indian Regency porcupine quill and penwork house shaped trinket box c1830 (note: drawer does open)

A bone inlaid Camphorwood document box, rectangular with a hinged lid, the exterior inlaid with foliate marquetry, 46. 5 x 13. 5 32 cm.

A Camphorwood bone inlaid document box, rectangular with a hinged cover the exterior with foliate marquetry inlay 44. 5 x 13. 5 x 31 cm.

A set of three Anglo-Indian quill-work boxes 10 cm high, 28 cm wide, 19 cm deep 5 cm high, 16.5 cm wide, 10.5 cm deep 4 cm high, 11 cm wide, 8.5 cm deep

Two Anglo-Indian quill-work boxes, 19th century 15 cm and 11 cm high, 42 cm and 26.5 cm wide, 28 cm and 18 cm deep

A fine ivory and sadeli rectangular work box, Anglo-Indian, mid 19th century 9 cm high, 34 cm wide, 24 cm deep

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

Victorian Anglo-Indian writing slope, ivory and cut steel inlay, as inspected

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

A rare pair of Anglo-Indian book holders, India or Ceylon, circa 1850

19th century Anglo Indian tortoise shell and carved ivory trinket box, raised on carved ivory paw feet

A 19th century Anglo Indian writing slope, with bone inlay. Width 31 cm

An Anglo-Indian ivory and sandalwood casket, Vizagapatam, circa 1900, 7 x 22 cm, inscribed 'Lighthouse, View of Vizag'

An Anglo-Indian sandalwood and brass writing slope, 19th century, size 23 x 46 cm

A coromandel (calamander) wood workbox, Anglo-Indian, circa 1850, 13 x 32 cm, with fitted interior

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