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A fine early 19th century fall-front box inlaid in sadeli-ware, the intricate decoration a geometric micromosaic of ivory, green-stained ivory, tin, horn, ebony and sappan wood, the front revealing six drawers with further panels of sadeli work, all edged with ivory stringing.
The technique of sadeli has been in use since Antiquity, but is particularly associated with the Near and Middle East, whence it spread both west to Italy and east to Persia, where it is known as khatamakari. It arrived in Bombay, via Sindh and Gujarat. The Italian variety of this work was known as alla certosina, after the Certosa (Charterhouse) of Pavia, one of many places where such work was executed.
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