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Dutch Colonial Miniature Commode Dressoir in Coromandel Wood, Ceylon



Miniature chest-of-drawers Sri Lanka, late 18th-early 19th century. Calamander wood, Indian rosewood and palm wood, silver escutcheon, and English locks. Measures: Height 23.3 cm., width 36.4 cm., depth 23.5 cm. This chest-of-drawers has three drawers, the top one with partitions for writing materials, such as pens, inkpots, paper, etc. Like document boxes, miniature table cabinets, chests and chests-of-drawers are often mentioned in eighteenth-century household and office inventories. For employees of the Dutch East India Company, who were regularly moved from one outpost to another, document boxes and also miniature furniture were not only very useful for storage of writing materials or small valuable items but also possibly status symbols. For a similar chest of drawers with a writing slope on top, see Uit Verre Streken, June 2012, no. 7.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.14 in. (23.2 cm)Width: 14.34 in. (36.4 cm)Depth: 9.26 in. (23.5 cm)
  • Style
    British Colonial (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Replacements made: One replaced corner of the bottom drawer. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5458221001162

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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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