A Vizagapatam ebony and pen-engraved ivory inlaid rosewood document box on later European stand

The box, mid 18th century, the oak and partly ebonized stand, late 18th/early 19th century

H. 12.5 x W. 49 x D. 32.7 cm (box) / H. 76.5 cm (including stand)

Document boxes for storage of pen and paper were, of course, a basic requirement of Dutch and English East India Company officials and merchants and were widely manufactured in Vizagapatam, mainly for the English.

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