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An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835.
 

 

 An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest the horn fluted and framed by engraved horn panels,  standing on turned and carved horn feet  the inside contrasting having twin lift-out  sandalwood  canisters  with incised and lac filled hinged ivory lids, flanking a cut crystal bowl. Circa 1835.

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It measures  inches 14.25 wide  by 7.9 inches deep and it is 9  inches  high including feet: 36.2
cm wide by 20 cm deep by 23 cm high.

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An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 
An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 

Detail of the top. It is turned and carved in four pieces, centering in a concentrically turned middle suggesting a stylized flower.  

An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 
Detail: The engraved horn is a most unusual feature. Although engraved ivory is found on many pieces, engraved horn is exceedingly rare. It has a delicate and fine quality and its effect is like old lace. Perhaps its very subtle appeal made this work the prerogative of the most discerning of connoisseurs and as a result very few such pieces were made.

The horn is attached to the structure with both glue and little pins made of horn. The way the engraving crosses the joins in pieces of horn indicates that the decoration was added after the chest was made. 

The foot is complex, being both turned and carved.

 

 

The fluted panels of horn are fielded with further pieces of incised horn. Incised horn is rare. 
 An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835.
An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 

For comparison see:

http://www.hygra.com/aitc.htm 

and in our book:

Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society -- 1700--1880, ISBN: 0764316885  Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly, A Schiffer Book for collectors

Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society -- 1700--1880, ISBN: 0764316885  Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly, A Schiffer Book for collectors..

 
An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 
The back. 
An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 

 The inside contrasts with the outside having twin lift-out  sandalwood  canisters  with incised and lac filled hinged ivory lids, flanking a cut crystal bowl.

Sandalwood is immediately recognizable by its perfume which it retains for hundreds of years.

An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 
The Canisters have one side tapered so that they fit the chest exactly. This would have added to the complexity of making.
An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. Cut glass tea caddy bowl. 
The bowl  is deeply cut.

It is the original heavy hand blown crystal mixing bowl. 

 

An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 

An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 

The canisters retain most of their original leading. Even the lid is made of several different pieces of wood and ivory.

The ivory is decorated by being engraved depicting scrolling flowers and leaves. Black lac fills the incised ivory giving contrast. 

An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 

An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 

 
An important and monumental Anglo Indian Vizagapatam black buffalo horn tea chest Circa 1835. 
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