An Indian late 19th century Vizagapatam Sadeli mirror, the ebony and ivory frame with metal inlays, on sandalwood backing - later easel stan

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Vizagapatam Sadeli mirror with intricate inlay of bone and ebony with metal in fine delicate arrangement. Mirror with sandalwood back.
Another form of decoration used, was with Sadeli mosaics, an ancient craft that is said to have been introduced from Shiraz in Persia (now Iran) to India.

Ivory, silver, pewter, wood and horn were cut into faceted rods which were bound together to form geometric patterns. When the glue was set, the rods were sliced in transverse sections. This gave the maker a number of angled circular pieces in the original pattern. Several variations of patterns could be achieved by combining the materials in different ways. The ivory was sometimes dyed green to give an extra colour.
The frame was probably from another piece of furniture such as a cabinet judging by the small holes in the frame.

Standout decorators piece that would grace any wall or sideboard. Exquisite.
There remains two small holes either end where it was wall mounted.


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