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PIERRE GILLOIS, LONDON Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Tea Chest With Silver Caddies

£ 18,500

Category
Artists
Height
17.5 cm (6 1/1")
Width
28 cm (11")
Depth
17 cm (6 3/4")
Anglo Indian Vizagapatam Tea Chest with inlaid, engraved & lac filled bone decoration of flowing floral patterns, stands on bracket feet, all applied to a padouk wood carcass. Adorned with fabulous engraved floral Indian silver side handles, the ornate front escutcheon engraved with Gandaberunda the double headed eagle, a Hindu mythological bird.

The interior of this fabulous Indian Tea Chest has three compartments to the front and a narrow compartment to the back which houses the silver mote spoon. The Vizagapatam tea chest contains a set of three George II sterling silver tea caddies, by London silversmith "Pierre Gillois", dated 1754 / 55 / 56: of bombe shaped with shallow domed lift-off lid and strawberry finial, the waisted bodies with chased scroll decoration raised on curved shell feet.

This very rare Anglo Indian Tea Chest comes complete with a fully working lock & tasselled key.

The fashion for Bone & Ivory veneering began in Vizagapatam in the middle of the eighteenth century superceding inlay work as the predominant vogue. Tastes developed and the cabinet-making industry met a demand for decorative items in the neoclassical vogue with the stark contrast of black and white, as seen here. This fashion also influenced the style of engraving that decorated these pieces, which became increasingly restrained, "shedding exotic decorative elements in favour of motifs that were in fashion in Europe.

Created By:
PIERRE GILLOIS, LONDON (worked from 1754)
Height
17.5 cm (6 1/1")
Width
28 cm (11")
Depth
17 cm (6 3/4")
Year
c. 1750
Medium
Wood, Bone, Silver
Country
India
Provenance
This tea chest was displayed at "A Tea Journey: from Mountain to the Table" exhibition at Compton Verney 2019