Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Work-box makers, Bombay--Photographer: Unknown Medium: Photographic print Date: 1873

Photograph of work-box makers at Bombay in Maharashtra, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of Indian Collections. The three box makers are shown with examples of their trade, including carved and inlaid boxes and an album cover. A certificate of honorable mention awarded to Framjee Heerjeebhoy at the Paris Exhibition of 1867 is placed in the centre of the photograph. This photograph was probably shown at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873 where Framjee Heerjeebhoy sent many examples of his work. The work exhibited included ivory inlaid inkstands, portfolios, cribbage boards, pocket books and watch cases. He also sent carved sandalwood and ebony work as well as album covers and glove boxes adorned with Delhi pictures, pocket books, paper cutters and watch stands.

Work-box makers, Bombay

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