• Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2390

    Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art: A Superb Collection

    21 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1187

    THE TAJ MAHAL EMERALD

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    THE TAJ MAHAL EMERALD
    The hexagonal-cut emerald, weighing approximately 141.13 carats, carved with stylized chrysanthemum, lotus and Mughal poppy flowers, within asymmetrical foliage, to the plain reverse and beveled border, circa 1630-1650, in a red leather fitted case


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    Pre-Lot Text

    TAJ MAHAL


    Literature

    Vidya Dehejia, Indian Art, Phaidon, London, 1997, page 331, no. 213

    Usha R. Bala Krishnan and Meera Sushil Kumar, Dance of the Peacock: Jewellery Traditions of India, India Book House, Mumbai, 1999, page 46, no. 45

    Judy Rudoe, Cartier 1900-1939, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1997, page 317

    Oppi Untracht, Traditional Jewelry of India, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1997, page 330, no. 746


    Exhibited

    Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., exhibited from 1997-2000

    The Romance of the Taj Mahal, Los Angeles County Museum, 1989-1990, The Asia Society, New York, 1990, Toledo Museum of Fine Arts, Toledo, Ohio, 1990, page 141 no. 143