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Indian Art, An Extremely Fine Oblong Pierced and Carved Ivory Casket probably Made by the Master Lala Faqir Chaund, Delhi, India, circa 1860-80.

Of a rectangular form the ivory casket is carved in open work and supported by four flowers shape winged elephants. The lid surface profusely carved and finely pierced with floral interlace and foliage designs and it’s fastens with silver hinges, also with a silver lock with it’s original key.
The leading Indian manufacturer of this type of intricately pierced and carved ivory was Lala Faqir Chand, whose workshop was very likely to have been responsible for the production of this exceptionally fine piece,
the quality is extremely high that is comparable to early high quality Indian ivory or jade carvings.

For a comparable example see the ivory carving of a similar casket at the V&A museum lot no. is.2-1957
Reference: also see other examples of this type of ivory caskets, see Amin Jaffer, Furniture from British India and Ceylon, London, 2001, pp. 276-7

Condition: exceptionally good condition
11.5 cm. height
44 cm. width
15 cm. depth
  • Identification Number: 28

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