British Colonial Rosewood Box with Inlay
A beautiful, profusely inlaid dressing box made of rosewood. The box has floral design inlay patterns on the top and the sides and is bound in brass. The floral inlay within rectangular motifs of alternating ebony and ivory. Inside the box has a centrally placed lift out tray and several other compartments, one with a sliding tambour lid. The inner face of the hinged lid is mounted with a mirror, framed with a border of foliage inlay flanked by two document pockets. The box rests on small bracket feet.
The Punjab, in the North of India, was not annexed until the middle of the 19th century, but it soon developed a tradition of work in locally grown hardwood boxes inlaid with ivory.
The box is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.
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British Colonial India
H: 16 cm W: 46 cm D: 31 cm.
H: 6½” W: 18” D: 12”