This is a stunning antique Victorian coromandel, Marquetry and gilt bronze mounted stationery box casket, circa 1870 in date.
Elegantly decorated with specimen marquetry with gilt bronze handles to each side, the rectangular casket has a sloped lid which opens to reveal a paper lined divided interior which will accommodate your letters & notes. The interior with maker’s plaque for ‘DIMMOCK, Norwich’
This is a highly decorative piece which will make a statement placed on any period desk.
In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 19 x Width 26 x Depth 16
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 6 inches
Coromandel wood or Calamander wood
is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local sinhalese name, ‘kalu-medhiriya’, which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood.
Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.
Our reference: A2122