Indian Art Online: Painting the Maharaja

Registration open: 4 May
Bidding: 18 – 25 May 2017

The Online Only sale Painting the Maharaja (18 May – 25 May 2017) showcases, in 32 lots, the Indian art of portraiture. Nawabs, Maharajas and their courtesans from India’s fabled courts, Delhi, Patiala, Gwalior, Lucknow and others are portrayed here in all their glory. Bejewelled, standing in richly decorated interiors, they display the wealth and grandeur of India’s regional courts during the Raj. Estimates range from £1,000 to £18,000. A highlight is a vibrant portrait of Bhupinder Singh of Patiala as a young man, estimated at £2,500-3,500. The young Maharaja wears fabulous diamonds; he is well known for having commissioned later during his life from Cartier, Paris the famed Patiala Ceremonial Necklace.

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Image:
A SEATED PORTRAIT OF MAHARAJA BHUPINDER SINGH OF PATIALA (R.1900-1938) AS A YOUNG PRINCE
NORTH INDIA, EARLY 20TH CENTURY, £2,500-£3,500