Head of Department
New York, Rockefeller Center
Sandhya Jain-Patel is the Head of Department of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art at Christie's New York. Mrs. Jain-Patel and her team are responsible for appraising, researching, and cataloguing art from the Gandharan period up to the early 20th century, thereby raising the understanding and awareness of an ever-growing collecting community of the richness and diversity of South Asian art. Since her tenure at Christie’s, the department has set multi-million dollar records across the category, and handled some of the most important collections, including the Pal Family Collection, and the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Mrs. Jain-Patel was instrumental in identifying a lost Indian court painting by Nainsukh of Guler which sold for $1.6 million in 2008, in bringing the Doris Wiener Collection to auction in March 2012 which achieved $12.7 million, and in winning the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, which made $134 million in March 2015.
Prior to joining Christie's, Mrs. Jain-Patel spent one year on a Fulbright Scholarship in India investigating the materials and techniques for the conservation of Indian court paintings. Returning to New York, she worked at Judith Eisenberg Textile Conservation Studios, where she specialized in treating a wide range of painted textiles, including Himalayan painting and South Asian objects from various local collections. She has co-authored articles on the materials, techniques, and conservation of Himalayan and Indian court paintings.
Mrs. Jain-Patel holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Art History from Rutgers University, a Master’s in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, and a Master’s in Art History and in Fine Arts Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.