Extremely rare Anglo-Indian marquetry micro mosaic box made in Bombay (Mumbai).
Circa: 1800 - 1810
The box is sarcophagus-shaped and is decorated with dense, repeating patterns of “Sadeli” stars in hexagons (inlaid with bone, ebony, metal, and stained green accents in geometric shapes).
The substrate of the case is made of Sandalwood (an aromatic hardwood).
Inside of lid inlaid with bone, metal, and green accents in diamond shape surrounded by rectangular band, lower interior lined with blue velvet.
Silver feet, swans neck handles and lock.
Provenance: East Tennessee collection, by descent from Edwin V. Hill, M.D., deceased 1969. Dr. Hill was a faculty member of Tufts and Harvard Medical Schools and served as a Colonel in the U.S. Army. He collected Asian arts during his military tour in the Far East theatre, including China and Japan, prior to 1964.
Reference: Furniture from British India and Ceylon by Amin Jaffer (page 306, Plate 128)
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