Early 19th Century Vizagapatam and Cedar Casket

REF: 5980

Early 19th Century Vizagapatam and Cedar Casket

REF: 5980

An exceptional early 19th century Vizagapatam and cedar casket of the finest quality with elaborate scroll work.

This casket belongs to a group of furniture and related objects produced in Vizagapatam, situated on the south east coast of India, near Madras. The town operated as a principle trading port from the 17th century due to its position on the major trading routes between Europe and the Far East. Vizagapatam was ideally located as a manufacturing centre with its harbour facilitating the transport of indigenous exotic timbers and materials including teak, sandalwood and ebony. In addition to the production of furniture, Vizagapatam was a hub for the manufacture of dyed cottons attracting European traders from the 17th century onwards.

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  • Height 30.5 cm / 12 14"
  • Width 30.5 cm / 12 14"
  • Depth 20.5 cm / 8 14"
  • Period 1800-1849
  • Year c 1810-1820
  • Country India
  • Exhibitions See furniture from British India and Ceylon by Amin Jaffer. See also for similar decoration Victoria and Albert Museum Casket attributed to Ganugula Ramalingam IM 92-1927.