C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays

C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays
C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays

C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays

BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED FOR AROUND A CENTURY IN ITS ORIGINAL WOODEN CONTAINER, WITH NO LOSS OR DAMAGE, AN EXTRAORDINARY SURVIVAL. Finely carved sandalwood decoration, in high relief, to top of lid and all four sides of base. Intricate Sadeli micro-mosaic decoration to lid and sides.

Bone inlays to edges and corners. Crimson velvet lining to inside of lid and base, and to underside.

Retrospectively fitted with steel lock and hinges by Bleckmann of Solingen, Germany. : box - 23.5cm x 10cm inc. Feet x 18cm / wooden container - 26.8cm x 11.5cm x 21.5cm. Fine to Near Fine condition. No loss or damage of any note.

Box has been preserved perfectly within its wooden case. Probably never used or displayed. They key is not present, but the lid opens and closes fine (albeit a bit stiffly due to lack of use, should free up with every opening and closing). Please ask if you require a more detailed condition report, and view gallery images closely. An unusually well-preserved (dare we say, pristine) and highly decorative Anglo-Indian carved sandalwood box, decorated all over with intricate Sadeli micro-mosaic geometric designs in turquoise, green and auburn.

Remarkably, all of the miniature Sadeli work is still intact (no chips or flakes as often found on boxes such as this due to their fragility), and the high-relief sandalwood carving is also beautifully maintained, presumably because the box has been kept safely within its bespoke wooden container for most, or all, of its life i. It seems that this particular box was brought to Europe from India by a German merchant or tourist in around 1910 to 1930, and it has been retro-fitted with a steel lock and hinges by Bleckmann of Solingen. The missing key seems to be its only flaw. An amazing survivor, and one which may have no peers in such superb condition.

A'time-capsule' piece in near-perfect state of preservation. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Indian". The seller is "kernoozers" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.


C1930 perfect'time-capsule' INDIAN carved sandalwood box with fine Sadeli inlays


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