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A Vizagapatam engraved-ivory-inlaid teak writing chest with silver mounts

Vizagapatnam, first half 18th century

The sloping lid and sides intrically decorated with inlaid ivory.

H. 15 x L. 43.8 x W. 34.4 cm


Many of these writing boxes were made for VOC officials based in the many faraway trading posts of the Company. They were obliged to make notes about trade, local political developments and anything else that could be of interest to the High Government in Batavia. The rococo-designed silver handles and lock plates are possibly European.

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