Anglo-indian writing box
This type of Vizagapatam work, with a single, foliate motif set within a large area of plain wood, surrounded by scrolling floral borders is typical of the mid-18th century. In later years, the ivory decoration expanded to become an all-over veneer. For two closely-related examples in the Clive Museum, Powis castle, see Skelton, n°102,103. For others in the V&A Museum, London and the Peabody-Essex Museum Salem, see Jaffer, n°40-43.
Rosewood, brass, ivory incised with black lack, India, Vizagapatam, circa 1740-1750.