Wealth of East India Company evident at auction

Catalogued as Indo-Portuguese or Dutch Colonial, this 3ft 5in (1.04m) wide ivory and tortoiseshell inlaid chest was undated but was of late 17th century style and sold to an Indian buyer just shy of estimate at £7000 at John Nicholson's.

The wealth of material brought back to Britain from the days of the East India Company was illustrated at John Nicholson’s (24% buyer’s premium) sale when four Indo-Portuguese or Anglo-Indian tortoiseshell and ivory works were consigned by different vendors.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Terence Ryle

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They were all re-exported to international buyers at the Haslemere rooms on February 20.

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