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Lot 209

A finely carved large sandalwood casket with figural and animals decoration, Mysore, Karnataka,...

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Lot 209

A finely carved large sandalwood casket with figural and animals decoration, Mysore, Karnataka,...

Price Realised: £8,450

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 209

Description

A finely carved large sandalwood casket with figural and animals decoration, Mysore, Karnataka, South India, 19th century, of rectangular shape, of stepped form and possibly used as a dowry box, resting on four projecting feet carved in the shape of Garuda, intricately and finely carved with both figural and animal decoration, each side of the body enhanced with two rectangular panels, the lid lifting to reveal a removable tray with compartments, the interior plain, 38.7cm. diam. x 29cm. deep x 34cm. high

This casket embodies the unparalleled artistry of South Indian carpenters, the Gudigar, and their sandalwood carving skills. Southern Indian territories, especially Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, were renowned for their intricately carved sandalwood creations, often bought and commissioned by Western travellers as souvenirs from those distant lands. Caskets similar to this one in terms of shape and decorative vocabulary have successfully been offered in the London auction market in the last fifteen years, please see Bonhams London, 19 April 2007, lot 427; and Christie's London, 10 June 2013, lot 286; 10 October 2014, lot 102; 25 May 2017, lot 86 and Chiswick Lot 245 April 29th 2022. 

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT
VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.
(ARR) - ARTIST'S RESALE RIGHT

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

Export of goods

Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website www.artscouncil.org.uk or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

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