Description: the rectangular ivory box carved in deep relief with scrolling vegetation and elephants amongst palm trees, with gilt-worked borders, gilt seal to lid inscribed 'J.W.R - CEYLON - 1903', the hinged lid opening to reveal a gold plaque inscribed 'Presented by the Chiefs of the Western Province' and a painted scroll highlighting Sir Joseph West Ridgeway's achievements (the drawings signed 'M.P.R & ACGA')
Dimensions: box: 6 by 20.7 by 9.5cm.
scroll: 47.5 by 18cm.
Condition Report: In very good condition, the ivory casket in good condition with only two minor breaks to ivory decoration, the scroll backed on silk, very minor discoloration, as viewed.
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Saleroom Notice: This lot contains ivory. US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot into the US.
Provenance: Sir Joseph West Ridgeway, GCB, GCMG, KCSI, PC (16 May 1844 – 16 April 1930), Governor of British Ceylon.
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Thence by descent.